GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — A child was struck and killed while trying to cross Memorial Drive in Greenville Thursday night.

Greenville Police responded shortly after 7:30 p.m. to Memorial Drive between Fifth Street and Third Street for the report of a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Police found a male juvenile who had been struck by a car.

Police said Friday the child had been identified as 9-year-old Jayceon Epps. He was transported to ECU Health Medical Center where he died. The driver of the vehicle, a 54-year-old female, remained on the scene and is fully cooperating with the investigation.

“Preliminary information gathered at the scene suggests Jayceon was traveling west across Memorial Drive with an 11-year-old boy. It is not known at this time what the boys were doing prior to the collision, or where they were traveling from; however, it appears Jayceon was standing on a grassy median at the time he was struck. Based on witness accounts, officers believe a southbound vehicle slammed on the brakes to avoid striking the boys, one of whom may have stepped out into traffic. A second vehicle reportedly swerved into the median so as not to rear-end the first vehicle and, as a result, struck Epps. The 11-year-old boy left the scene prior to officers’ arrival but has since been located and was not physically harmed.”

Greenville Police Department

Police said the case is under investigation, and a determination has not yet been made on charges.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact officer Stocks with the Greenville Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit. He can be reached at 252-329-3490.