Teen severely injured while removing pet dog from road

Hit by car, knocked 75 feet
Feb. 25, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

A Hudson teenager retrieving his dead dog's body from the road was struck by a car Monday morning and taken to a Charlotte hospital with what were described as life-threatening injuries.

Grayson Walker, 15, of 2716 Jordan Place and his two brothers had walked from the end of Jordan Place to Fairwood Drive, about 75 yards away, about 7:30 a.m. with sheets to wrap up and carry away the dog, which had been struck by a vehicle and killed about 7 a.m., when he was hit by a silver Hyndai Elantra going south on Fairway Drive, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Troy Stutts said. Walker was knocked about 75 feet and landed in a neighbor's yard. One of his shoes, knocked off of him by the impact, and the sheets covered in the dog's blood lay on the ground as troopers tried to piece together exactly what happened.

Walker, a student at West Caldwell High School, was unconscious and bleeding when rescue workers arrived. He was taken by ambulance to Hickory Regional Airport, where he was flown to the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlottte. Grayson underwent surgery Monday, and was moved to the intensive care unit.

Walker's grandmother, Roberta Brookshire, was visibly distraught as she waited at the scene of the accident.

"Pray for Grayson, and pray for our family," she said.

The driver of the Elantra, Brittany Moretz, 25, of Wagon Wheel Drive was taking her daughter to Hudson Elementary School at the time, said her husband, Jordan Moretz, who arrived after the accident. Stutts said it was too early to determine exactly why Brittany Moretz hit Walker. There were no skid marks on the road before the point of impact. The posted speed limit on Fairway Drive is 35 mph. Moretz was not charged Monday, but the investigation is continuing, Stutts said.

Jordan Moretz said his wife had no immediate explanation.

"She doesn't remember what happened next," he said. "She's pretty traumatized."