An 11-year-old Currituck County girl died Wednesday after she was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 158 Aug. 30 in front of Currituck High School in Barco.
Julie Randel and her brother had already crossed Caratoke Highway near the northern entrance to the high school/middle school complex at approximately 3:27 p.m., but Julie went back to retrieve something she dropped on the road, said Trooper N.L. Harris of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. As she did, she was struck by a vehicle traveling in the eastbound, outside lane.
Julie had been hospitalized since and her family made the decision this week to take her off life support and allow her to become an organ donor.
The speed limit in front of the schools is 35 mph between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., and caution signals are located at each end of the school zone. No crosswalks or sidewalks are located on U.S. 158.
Currituck County schools will have support staff and guidance counselors available for students and staff at Central Elementary, Currituck Middle and Currituck High School “as we all grieve this loss.”
The community has rallied to help the Randel family with several fundraisers. See below:
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