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Edgefield 8-year-old on life support after being hit by car

Carley Peace
Eight-year-old Carley Peace was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. (Family photo)
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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, April 13, 2011

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C.---Cones line the roadway as troopers work to find out just what happened Tuesday afternoon when 8-year-old Carley Peace was hit by a car at Briggs and Van Roads.

Carley's older brother ran home to tell his family. Family friend Kurt Pearson, who lives with Carley, says, "We immediately ran down the road--me, his father and his mother--and he was laying in the ditch, not moving." The family is heartbroken. "He's a great kid. He always has been," Kurt says.

Carley's older brother says the boys were turning the bicycles around in the road when he saw a car coming.

"From what he said, he tried to tell him to get out of the way, that the car was coming, and I guess Carley just didn't see it.," Kurt says.

Neighbor John Cunningham says he always sees bicyclists up and down the road, but it's not safe. "Don't let your kids ride on Briggs Road," John says. "Briggs Road gets kind of hectic sometimes."

Carley's parents believe the driver was speeding, but the investigation is still ongoing. Kurt says the boys' parents warned them they should wear helmets.

"Neither one of them were," he says. "They should have been. They have was just kids being kids."

Right now, both kids are dealing with trauma in very different ways. Kurt says Carley's brother is very upset. "He was crying. He was actually telling me he wishes it was him rather than his brother, which is pretty upsetting to hear". Kurt just hopes his little buddy gets better soon, and he warns all kids to ride safely.

Carley's family says he's in critical condition. Carley has now been placed on life support. He has multiple skull fractures and chest injuries.

The driver of the Lexus was not injured. No word on whether the driver may face any charges.

Carley was airlifted to MCG after being hit by a car at the intersection of Briggs Road and Vann Road just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

Troopers say 47-year-old Brian Schmidt was driving his 1999 Lexus 4-door when he hit 8-year-old Carley Peace, who was riding his bicycle. The family tells News 12 Peace is in the hospital and has been stabilized. Schmidt was wearing his seat belt and he was not injured.

Troopers are still investigating this accident and there aren't any charges at this time.

Peace is a student at Merriweather Elementary School.