WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A female child has died after she and a woman were hit by a Jeep in Carolina Beach Friday morning.
According to Det. Scott Hettinger with the Carolina Beach Police Department, the collision occurred at the intersection of South Lake Park Boulevard and Cape Fear Boulevard around 10:15 a.m.
Both were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where the child died from injuries sustained in the collision.
Carolina Beach police did not provide the identities of the victims or additional information about the incident.
The investigation is ongoing, according to police.
Carolina Beach Mayor Joe Benson said events will be organized to support the family.
“I want to put together something and take a role in an event to assist them in any way, financial or otherwise,” Benson said.
According to the mayor, the town commissioned a study more than two years ago on the safety of North Lake Park Blvd. which found a 50-60 percent higher incident rate on a 1 1/2-mile stretch of highway where there is only one traffic light.
Benson and Town Manager Lucky Narain contacted the state Department of Transportation about installing a traffic light at North Lake Park and Winner Avenue. DOT said it would be three to five years before that would happen.
Narain has suggested the town ask DOT for the light and reduction of the speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
Early Friday evening, Dominique Moore, a Carolina Beach resident and mother of a 13-month-old baby, brought flowers to a memorial set up at the intersection.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Moore said as she added the flowers she bought to the memorial. “I couldn’t imagine losing my daughter (and) I couldn’t imagine being the person that was run over.”