Child killed crossing Greenville street Thursday night identified

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Police have identified a child who was struck and killed Thursday night in Greenville.

Police say Jayceon Epps died after being taken to ECU Health Medical Center.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday on South Memorial Drive near the Eppes Recreation Center.

The 9-year-old boy was taken to ECU Health Medical Center where police say he died from his injuries.

Police say Epps was crossing the highway with an 11-year-old boy, and it appears the victim was standing on the grassy median when he was struck.

Witnesses told police that a southbound vehicle slammed on the brakes to avoid striking the boys, one of whom may have stepped out into traffic. A second vehicle apparently swerved into the median to avoid the other vehicle and struck Epps.

The other child was not injured, and police said the driver of the vehicle, a 54-year-old woman, is fully cooperating with their investigation.

Police said they are still investigating the crash and haven’t determined if charges will be filed.

Area pastors gathered Friday morning at the school where the 9-year-old attended.

Pastor Rodney Coles and three other pastors conducted the vigil at Lakeforest Elementary School. Coles told WITN that the child was walking to Eppes to play basketball when he was struck.

The housing authority said after the vigil that the youngster lived in the Moyewood housing community, which is across Memorial from Eppes.