Wendell crash leaves 5-year-old in critical condition

From staff reportsJuly 1, 2014 

— A local man was cited after a wreck on June 30 left a 5-year-old in critical condition at WakeMed.

Wendell police responded to the incident about 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Mattox Street and Hollybrook Road, where 70-year-old Glenn Harris had hit the child, who was riding a bicycle.

Harris was cited for operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway without decreasing speed as neccesary to avoid colliding with a vehicle.

Wendell Police Capt. John Slaughter said Harris was driving away from a stop sign when the collision occurred but not speeding.

The victim lives nearby in the Pepper Pointe neighborhood, Slaughter said.

Harris was on Mattox Street, traveling east.

The child, who police declined to identify, was on a bike when the wreck happened. The child’s mother was across the street. Slaughter said it’s not clear if the child was moving or stationary on the bike, but right now, police believe the child and parent were out for a walk.

Harris is a former candidate for the Wendell Board of Commissioners. He ran in 2009 on a platform that opposed the expansion of Pepper Pointe, which never happened. After losing the 2009 election, Harris was appointed to the town planning board.

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