Driver: 'I never wanted this to happen'

Teen remains in critical condition
Feb. 27, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

The driver of a car that struck and critically injured a 15-year-old Hudson boy Monday morning while taking her own child to school says she still does not remember what happened.

After the incident, Brittany Moretz, 25, remained in her car and appeared shaken as investigators worked to piece together what happened. At her house Wednesday afternoon, about a half-mile from the scene of the accident, she was soft-spoken and remorseful.

"I never wanted for this to happen," she said. "I hope he makes a 100-percent recovery."

Though she said she doesn't remember exactly what happened, she said she was not texting or using her phone and had not turned around to tend to her daughter when her Hyundai Elantra hit Grayson Walker of 2716 Jordan Place about 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Moretz was on her way to take her daughter to Hudson Elementary School at the time. She had pulled out of Wagon Wheel Drive and turned right on to Fairwood Drive. The speed limit there is 35 mph, and Moretz said she remembers traveling about 38 mph. But she said she remembers nothing from the time she came out of a sharp curve about 100 yards from Jordan Place until after the impact, when she stopped her car beyond the intersection.

Grayson, a sophomore at West Caldwell High School, was retrieving his dead dog's body from Fairwood Drive at the intersection of Jordan Place. The dog had been hit and killed by another vehicle about a half-hour earlier, and Walker, his mother Misty Walker and his two brothers had come with a sheet to wrap it up and carry it home. The impact knocked Grayson about 75 feet and into a neighbor's yard.

He remained in critical condition Wednesday at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

An accident reconstruction team from the N.C. Highway Patrol was still investigating the incident Wednesday.