Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged two children – an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl – with involuntary manslaughter after an 11-year-old boy was struck by a car and killed late Thursday.

CMPD said the three children had been fighting near the roadway. “This altercation led to the victim entering the roadway and ultimately being struck by a vehicle,” the department said in a statement on Friday.

According to CMPD’s initial report, officers responded to an “accident with injury” call at 6:25 p.m. on Thursday. When officers got there, they found a child who had been struck by a car at the intersection of Rama Road and Cabotwood Lane, near Independence Boulevard in southeast Charlotte. The child later died at a hospital.

“Homicide Unit detectives identified the juveniles as suspects in this case and they were transported to police headquarters to speak with detectives,” the department said in the statement. “At the conclusion of the interviews, both were charged with involuntary manslaughter.”

Police withheld the children’s names because of their ages. The name of the victim also was withheld pending family notifications.

The driver of the car was not charged.  

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