Police have identified a 6-year-old boy who is critically injured after he was hit by a truck Saturday.

According to Grifton Police Chief Bryan Cauley, 6-year-old Malachi Williams remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center as of Monday.

Chief Cauley said a pickup truck hit the boy as he ran across Queen Street at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Malachi was then rushed to the hospital.

The driver did try to avoid hitting the boy, Cauley told NewsChannel 12. A witness said the driver stopped and talked with police.

Grifton Police Chief Brian Cauley said Malachi underwent surgery and multiple tests. His mother was at the hospital with him when we spoke to Cauley.

"She's concerned about her child. And she wants her child to have a successful recovery. And that's what we're all praying for," said Cauley.

Rudolph Brown lives on the road intersecting Queen Street where the accident happened. He says the neighborhood is always full of children. He believes something needs to be done to make the children more aware of the dangers vehicles pose.

"On this particular street here, more signs and things that would give kids more of a visual," said Brown.

No charges are expected to be filed. However, the accident is still under investigation.


A 6-year-old child is in the hospital in critical condition after he was hit by a truck Saturday afternoon.

Grifton Police Chief Bryan Cauley said the boy ran across Queen Street at about 3:30 p.m.

Cauley said a driver of a pickup truck tried to avoid hitting the boy, but couldn't. The boy was rushed to the hospital.

The crash is still under investigation.