Mixed Emotions After Truck Driver Found Guilty Of Killing Two Boys

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by Kirk Hawkins

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Two crosses make up the memorial of stuffed animals and flowers in West Charlotte where five year old Kadrien Pendergrass and one year old Jeremy Brewton Junior were hit and killed by Sears delivery truck driver Dirk Brown in February, 2012. They were walking along West Tyvola Road near Shady Lane on their way to daycare with their father. "I hate that happened to the kids, but, I hate that happened to him," said West Charlotte Resident Jackie Scott.

Brown was found guilty today of two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and sentenced
to 120 days behind bars. Scott lives across the street from the crash scene. She is now extra cautious in her neighborhood. "When I walk with my daughter, I keep her close. There is no she's walking ahead of me.  With all this going on...it makes me want to hug her tighter," Scott said.

Family, friends, and neighbors have been pleading with the city to build a sidewalk since the crash highlighted a need for increased safety. "I think it would be very beneficial for the church and also
for the the neighborhood that we install a sidewalk for the safety of the children," said New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Nathan Dobie.

New construction for that sidewalk is set to begin in a year and a half. Until then, Jackie hopes her neighbors will be more careful. "If everybody just watched where they were going and watched what they are doing, certain things just won't happen," Scott said.

City transportation officials say they plan to design the sidewalk this summer. It should be complete by June, 2015.

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