An 11-year-old boy who was hit by a vehicle as he made his way to a trick-or-treat event in North Carolina died on Nov. 3, his family has said.
The boy, Noah Isaac Chambers, of Stokesdale was left in critical condition when an SUV struck him at around 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, in Guilford County.
He was rushed to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and remained in critical condition on Saturday, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.
Before he passed away, Noah’s last brain test at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, showed he was not responsive, his father Robert Chambers told WCNC-TV. His mother, Brooke Dupree, told Fox 8 he was unable to breathe on his own.
Noah was pronounced dead after two brain death exams, reported Fox 8.
“He is in a better place. His spirit, his attitude, his joy, his laughter,” the boy’s father told WCNC-TV. “He is up there looking over everybody.”
“Thank you to everybody that reached out and show support, and showed you cared. It really shows the movement of God that people are out there reaching out,” he told WFMY News 2.
“People that don’t even know me, that don’t even know my son, reached out with open arms, and I really appreciate everybody, and I love everybody. I really do.”
After the boy’s death, the North Carolina Highway Patrol issued a release that stated that the driver who struck Noah with his Jeep SUV was not speeding at the time of the accident and was not impaired.
The driver remained on the scene during the investigation, and no charges have been filed against him.
Noah’s mother told Fox 8 her son was a 6th grader at Rockingham County Middle School.
The school’s principal, Moriah Dollarhite, said in a statement: “First and foremost, RCMS wants to respect the privacy of the family of Noah Chambers. We recognize this is a very difficult time. RCMS was so sad to receive the information that he had been involved in an accident. We have reached out to his family to let them know we are thinking of them.
“Our hearts go out to Noah and family at this time. RCMS is truly a family, and I know our students will certainly want to extend their thoughts by making cards for the family on Monday.”
Dollarhite added that crisis counselors from their district crisis team would be at the school for students for as long as they need them.
“Our entire staff and school will continually keep Noah and his family in our thoughts and prayers,” she added.
A moment of silence will be held at the school to remember Noah on Monday, Nov. 4.
Bethel United Methodist Church Pastor Leyton Alan Mears said in a statement: “Our hearts and prayers are with Noah and his family. All of us at Bethel UMC are deeply saddened by this accident and the tragic turn of events. Our focus at this time is providing care and support for all those involved.”