MIDLAND, N.C. North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after a 6-year-old boy was hit by a car in Midland. It happened Monday night on Troutman Road, near the intersection with Cal Bost Road.
"I was sitting on my porch and I heard brakes and kids screaming," said neighbor Julie Emery.
Emery believes the young boy was chasing after a pet pot-bellied pig when he was hit. But she says fast drivers have long been a problem near the rural intersection.
"There's a hill, there's a turn, and people go much faster than conditions would allow."
Near the intersection, a 35-miles-per-hour speed limit sign is posted. NewsChannel 36 monitored drivers going nearly 20 miles above the speed limit, as school buses were making afternoon routes.
"People working in Charlotte cut through here, and I don't know what it would take to slow them down," said Billy Faggart, who has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years.
Highway Patrol says the boy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte Monday night. But on Tuesday, one officer told NewsChannel 36 the boy was improving, despite a broken leg.
There is no word from Highway Patrol on whether the driver faces any charges.