DA: Information sought in collision that seriously injured 13 year old

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Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith

The District Attorney’s Office in Brunswick County and troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are asking for the community’s help from anyone who may have witnessed a July 4 wreck in downtown Southport.

Thirteen-year-old Jevanie Green was crossing West Moore Street near North Caswell Street at about 10 p.m. July 4–right after the fireworks ended–when he was struck by a car, according to Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove.

Joseph Smith, 23, of Bolivia, has been arrested in connection with striking Green. He has been charged with driving while impaired and serious injury by vehicle. He’s in custody at the Brunswick County jail under a $150,000 secured bond, according to jail records.

Green was air-lifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he remains in a medically induced coma, Dove said.

“He’s got some pretty serious injuries, mainly the head injuries are the ones they’re concerned about,” Dove said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Jevanie’s medical expenses.

Anyone with information about the collission in Southport is asked to contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at NCSHPB6@ncshp.org.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated authorities were searching for the driver of the vehicle. He was arrested on the night of the crash.