Child dead, another hurt in Wells auto/pedestrian accident

WELLS, TX (KTRE) - One child is dead and another injured after getting hit by a car in Wells Thursday afternoon.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Patrol Deputy WR Blake said two children, David Stone Jr., 12, and Davion Stone, 6, were driving a motorized scooter on County Road 2734, which is off of US 69, and were hit by a northbound 1999 Honda Accord, which was on County Road 2741, right before 1 p.m.

David Stone died on the scene.

Davion Stone is in stable condition, Blake said. He was taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital, Blake said.

Witnesses on the scene said the children were brothers.

State Trooper Duane Hartman said the driver of the Accord, Randall Nicholas Richard, 34, of Cleveland, did not have a license, registration or a current inspection sticker. He was being held in the patrol unit while authorities investigated the scene.

Troopers are investigating whether or not Richard was speeding.

"I just pray the Lord will use this for his glory somehow," said witness Holly Radcliffe.

Radcliffe says the Honda Accord passed her as she was riding her bike through Wells.

Moments later, she turned onto County Road 2734, where the same car had just crashed.

"He just kept saying I didn't see him," Radcliffe said. "He came out, so I don't know. I believe that. It seemed to me as though he was going really fast."

"I heard the car sliding and the noise, and I jumped up," said witness Vira Lpoole. "And, when I jumped up and ran to the door, he hit that bike. And, the bike went up in the front end of the car. And, then it slid down and hit the other kid."

"I grieved as though he was my own, you know. I just felt like he was my boy, truly," said Radcliffe.

After her own encounter minutes before, Radcliffe believes speed was a major factor in this tragedy.

Investigators have not confirmed whether that's the case but say this is a painful lesson.

"It's important to slow your speed down, especially down a county road, especially in an area where there's a lot of houses," said Duane Hartman, DPS State Trooper. "And, obviously there's a bunch of kids out here and children. You know, it's a big eye opener for a lot of the community here to see that it doesn't matter what road you're on. If you're in the city, and you're around a neighborhood or rural area, you need to definitely make sure you slow down."

Upset family members arrived on the scene while DPS handled the investigation.

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