Funds being raised to help Currituck County 11-year-old struck by vehicle

Published 9:34 am Saturday, November 12, 2022

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On Saturday, November 5 just before 10 p.m., 11-year-old Hayley Harris was struck by a vehicle traveling north on US-158 near Powells Point. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Currituck County Middle School student sustained multiple life-threatening injuries and was transported to CHKD Health and Surgery Center in Newport News, Va.

A GoFundMe page has been organized by Paula White and Latoya Banks to help cover the cost of Hayley’s medical expenses, along with travel and food expenses for her family.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2020 Toyota SUV driven by a 34-year-old male from Grandy, who was traveling with a 27-year-old female passenger also from Grandy, struck the young girl Saturday night. An investigation is still ongoing and there are no charges at this time. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the incident, according to Highway Patrol.

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Melissa McCurdy, Hayley’s aunt, has started a “Hope for Hayley” campaign and has designed T-shirts in an effort to raise money for Hayley’s medical expenses. “I’m just trying to be here for my family,” she said, “it’s been really hard.” The $25 T-shirts picture Hayley with her family dog surrounded by a seashell border. To purchase a T-shirt, contact Paula Kareem White via Facebook or reach out to Melissa McCurdy at 252-202-0129.

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