CERRO GORDO, NC (WECT) - A teen from Cerro Gordo died Tuesday after he was hit by car when he was chasing a basketball in front of his home.
Authorities say 16-year-old, Joshua Dean Powell, was wearing headphones and dribbling a basketball outside of his house on Rough and Ready Road around 7 p.m.
Powell, a junior at West Columbus High School, was an offensive guard on the varsity football team where he wore the number 56.
Family members say Powell loved music and football, and that he was going to get his drivers license in two weeks.
"Every time I saw him, it's uncle Kevin, uncle Kevin this is what I did today, this is what I'm going to do. This is how I'm doing in my classes. A and B student. He did excellent in everything he did." Said Kevin Hood, Powell's uncle.
According to Trooper W.D. Ezzell, he was chasing the ball and ran across the street. A car was coming down the road, and swerved but still hit the teen.
Powell died at the scene.
The driver will not be charged.
Family members tell us, since Powell had a passion for football they're thinking about asking his teammates to be pallbearers at his funeral. They say, Powell will be buried in his football jersey.
"We're all coming together as a unit. It's a collective agreement between all of us that we're taking care of him, just like we did when he was alive. We're going to take care of him now that he's passed." Said Hood.
The WCHS Viking Club, a booster club, has released the following statement about Powell on their Facebook profile:
"We would like for everyone in our Viking family to pray for one of our own student athletes & football players...Josh Powell. He was killed this afternoon in a tragic accident.
Please keep his family in your prayers !!!"
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