High School Student Struck and Killed in Tragic Pedestrian Accident in Clayton, North Carolina
CLAYTON, N.C. – According to an online news report at abc11.com, the Clayton community is currently mourning the death of a high school student that was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing the road.
The Clayton community is mourning the death of one of their own after a high school student was hit by a car and killed while crossing the road on his way to school. The young man who was killed was known for being hard working and caring. As a senior, he was going to be graduating this year.
The young man worked at Venero’s Pizzeria 6 days per week. In a statement, three employees at the restaurant wrote: "Gustavo was a hard-working young man. He always came in ready to work and willing to help anyone who needed it. Although at times shy and reserved, he made an effort to always greet everyone with a smile on his face. He took great pride in always looking his best! His big heart and presence will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."
The police received a call at approximately 7:00 a.m. The accident occurred close to West Clayton Elementary School, close by to the intersection of Barber Mill Road and South Lombard Street.
The Clayton Police Department is describing the accident as tragic, however, they don’t expect to be filing charges against the driver who struck the young man. Officers state that the driver appeared to be going to speed limit and was not distracted at the time of the accident.
"Gustavo will always be remembered at Clayton High School," Principal Bennett Jones said. "He was a true Comet."
Venero's Pizzeria is planning a donation night and is working on the exact details and date. Firefighters who responded to Thursday morning's crash also made a donation toward that effort on Thursday.
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