10-year-old boy killed in accident

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A 10-year-old Brookhaven Elementary student is dead after he wasstruck by a pickup truck Monday morning on Auburn Drive.

Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris said Davonte McNulty, of795 Auburn Dr., was pronounced dead at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter at 11:18 a.m., roughly an hour after the accident occurredin front of his home. McMorris said the child died of injuriessustained in the accident, which happened about five miles south ofHighway 84.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Johnny Hallsaid the Chevrolet pickup truck that struck McNulty when he ran outinto the road was driven by Robert McKnight of Summit, who wastraveling south on Auburn Drive.

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Officials said a neighbor called in the accident just momentsafter it occurred at 10:14 a.m. They believed McNulty might havebeen crossing the street to his grandmother’s house.

“Evidently he didn’t see the vehicle when he went out into thestreet,” Hall said. “He probably looked and didn’t look twice.”

McNulty did not go to school on Monday, officials said.Brookhaven School District Superintendent Lea Barrett said she wasunaware of an official reason.

“Our sympathies are with the family at this time,” Barrett said.”It’s so hard to make a formal statement at this time. This hasjust touched everyone; everyone here has such a sense of loss andsadness.”

Meanwhile, counselors will be on hand at BES today for studentsor faculty members who may need to talk about the tragedy.

Barrett said McNulty’s grandmother, Linda McNulty Brown, hasbeen a bus driver for the school district for many years.

“She’s a very caring and dependable person, and I have enjoyedknowing her,” Barrett said. “I know she loved her grandson verymuch, so this is not only a loss for our school district but alsofor one of our family.”

McNulty is the son of Lavonda McNulty of Brookhaven. Funeralarrangements, which are incomplete, will be handled by WilliamsMortuary.