Man charged in Raleigh hit-and-run after 15-year-old pedestrian dies, police say

Police have identified the teenager who died from injuries after a hit-and-run collision early Tuesday, according to a news release.

Raleigh police say Jaylyn Kareem-Jerell Bryant, 15, died after being struck by a car driven by John Edward Leach on Rock Quarry Road at around 7 a.m. Leach, 62, left the scene and was later arrested, police say.

Leach was charged with felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death and obstructing justice, police say.

The wreck on Rock Quarry Road happened between Sanderford Road and Southgate Drive, police say. The scene is less than a mile from Southeast Raleigh High School.

Police say Bryant was taken to the hospital and later died.

ABC11, The New & Observer’s media partner reported Bryant was a ninth-grade student at Sanderson High School, according to Wake County Public Schools System officials.

The principal of the school sent a message to parents Tuesday night, ABC11 reported.

“After a traumatic event such as the death of a student, it is not unusual for students to feel anxious, sad, fearful, angry, or vulnerable,” it said. “They may be scared of losing someone else close to them. Through encouraging discussion, being supportive of feelings, providing factual information and suggesting positive outlets, you can help your child be aware of and process his or her emotions. Every child is different, and the emotional response may vary in duration. A team of counselors, psychologists, and social workers will be available at school to support students as needed.”

ABC11 earlier reported that Leach told police he was a victim of a hit-and-run at another location.

Rock Quarry Road was closed for several hours as police investigated, according to a tweet by Raleigh police.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.