4-Year-Old Dies, 6 Others Hospitalized After Crash In Burke County

Police say they've found no evidence of alcohol, drugs, or distracted driving. They say it appears to be a tragic case of human error.

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – Police were on scene for hours investigating a deadly crash, which claimed the life of a four-year-old boy. 

Six other people went to the hospital, including two children, after two vehicles collided in Morganton. It happened around 4 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of College Street and Collett Street. 

NBC Charlotte talked to the boy’s family members. We’re also learning new information about the investigation. 

Police say they’ve found no evidence of alcohol, drugs, or distracted driving. They say it appears to be a tragic case of human error.  

“Things like this we don’t understand, but God knows,” said John Smiley, the boy’s great-uncle and the family’s pastor. 

Smiley says the four-year-old boy liked the candy, Reese’s. 

“He’s truly going to be missed, he’s good kid,” says Smiley. “Just a bundle of joy, lit up the room every time he came in.”

Police say the four-year-old boy, who was partially ejected, was pronounced dead at the scene.   

Five of the boy’s family members were in the SUV when it crashed into another vehicle with a woman inside.  Police say one of the drivers failed to yield to a stop sign, but they’re still investigating who’s at fault. 

“No matter how great of a driver you are, be careful of the people around you,” says Smiley.

Police say the six people involved in the crash mainly suffered minor injuries, but one woman in the family’s car may have suffered a broken arm. 

“The hospital was just filled with family members and friends with a lot of support, but it doesn’t take away from the hurt,” Smiley said. “This mother and father loved these kids, it was just their life.”

Police say once they’re finished collecting the evidence, they’ll review it with the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

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