Child Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle At Community Center In Century

April 18, 2019

A 4-year old child died after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening at a Century community center.

The incident happened at the Carver Community Center on Jefferson Avenue about 6:20 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 66-year old Alberta Knight of Century was in the parking lot of the Carver Community Center on Jefferson Avenue when she pulled her Ford SUV forward and struck the child about 6:20 p.m.

Ka-merius J. Dortch 4, was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he was pronounced deceased.

The vehicle was on the community center grounds between a building and basketball courts. A basketball could be seen under the vehicle.

Any charges against Knight are pending the outcome of the FHP investigation.

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24 Responses to “Child Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle At Community Center In Century”

  1. Kimberly Peeples on April 26th, 2019 8:47 am

    Be blessed on bother families. Stay strong. I can only imagine how difficult this can be on both ends. Just don’t give up on each other.. A honest accident. With a drastic ending. Be blessed and mindful of one another.. Love is everything. So sorry..

  2. Jennifer Knudsen on April 19th, 2019 9:29 pm

    My deepest heartfelt prayers go up for all…

  3. T Allen on April 19th, 2019 3:42 pm

    Horrible tragedy, words are hard for me to find in situations such as this. I pray through God may love and mercy find its way into the hearts of this sweet family. As well as all involved. My prayers and thoughts are with this child’s parents, siblings and all family members through one of the most difficult trials in this life. May you find comfort in hope that you’ll reunite with your sweet child in heaven someday.

  4. Women Of God on April 19th, 2019 11:16 am

    May God bless both of the families. And for Brittany I to know what you are going through. I went through the lost of my precious Dedria in 2005. All I can say to you baby is pray, pray, pray and keep the negativity people away from you at your time of mourning. I will pray God gives you the strength to hold on.

  5. A momma on April 19th, 2019 10:58 am

    Linda without knowing you shouldn’t jump to accusations of who was watching him. Sometimes little kids just do things and get away.

  6. Dee Wolfe-Sullivan on April 18th, 2019 6:28 pm

    Ka-merius’s two brothers and his sister are here at Byrneville Elementary. We are all so very sad, so very sad.

  7. L. B. on April 18th, 2019 3:19 pm

    Let up Pray for the Families involved. I don’t believe it was an intentional act on Mrs. Wright to hit the child. It was a tragic accident that took the life of a little one. We all are feeling the pain of sorrow for this accident happening. I’m in hopes of the out come to be in both families favor. let’s Pray for both Families PLEASE>

  8. Rasheed Jackson on April 18th, 2019 3:16 pm

    This is so sad, Prayers for all involved.

  9. Khaliah ewing on April 18th, 2019 12:25 pm

    Kel i miss you so much and i just seen you yesterday. And ur brother Keyunta is hurting so bad # LLK

  10. anne 1of2 on April 18th, 2019 11:39 am

    God love these poor families! He will guide the people involved to handle their pain. Strangers will pray for them. This is the worst nightmare for drivers. I beg people in parking lots to hold the hand of their tiny ones. I drive an older car with no camera showing what is near my vehicle. I cannot see these babies! They are dragging behind alone and too short to see.! Please help with this, especially in parking lots. The best advice for all of us is to look under our vehicles before we start the engine. I return balls to my neighbors quite often. The kids don’t know which way their ball went.

  11. Genesis Scott-Johnson on April 18th, 2019 11:28 am

    I’m sorry about your loss

  12. Carolyn Jones - Bowens on April 18th, 2019 11:25 am

    My heartfelt condolences goes out to the parents of that precious child and the entire Dortch family, and to Alberta and her entire family she was a classmate of mine and I’m sure her life also has been turned upside down cause I know she did not see that sweet child. May God grant all the strength to endure and the ability to forgive. So very saddened to hear of such a tragedy.

  13. Teresa Burt on April 18th, 2019 10:46 am

    @Destiny Burt, Kel knew you loved him and your uncle Clark, Brittany, Brian, and the kids know you love them, too! It’s okay baby and I’m here for you!!!

  14. Linda on April 18th, 2019 9:13 am

    This is sooooo sad but who was watching this baby

  15. MS Helen on April 18th, 2019 8:24 am

    Britney, my heart is broken for you! I’m so sorry for your loss! May God be with you in the days, weeks, months to come. Anyone who knows you, knows your a fantastic mother. I will be praying for you and your family.
    As well, prayers for the driver. My God! No one would want to be in that situation. The agony she must feel. People around here are all like family! Prayers for everyone!❤

  16. Matilda Strickland on April 18th, 2019 7:48 am

    What a terrible tragedy!!! I’m praying for all families involved. What a heartbreaker. Lord, give them peace and understanding during this difficult time.

  17. TJ on April 18th, 2019 6:56 am

    Such a tragic situation all around, condolences to all involved especially the parents of this child. This should be a harsh reminder to all of us, when we are driving where children are playing, we need to be especially cautious. The article says the car was between the building and basketball court, that tells me children were there playing. That little boy had one thing on his mind, his basketball and I think it got away from him and he chased after it. Children will be children, he was only 4 and his little brain can’t process things like adults and could only concentrate on one thing at a time, and that was getting his basketball. Please be aware of children playing and slow way down and be aware that they may dart out in front of you at any time. Fly high little one!

  18. TUMom on April 18th, 2019 6:37 am

    This just breaks my heart! I Pray for the family of this precious child who was taken way too soon. May God comfort them and give them peace in the days to come. You will be in my thoughts and Prayers. God Bless you. I Pray for the person who ran over the child. May God comfort you also.

  19. Mitzi Roach on April 18th, 2019 5:27 am

    This is heartbreaking! I’m praying for this little angel’s family and for the driver. I know if I were the driver my world would be shattered knowing I accidentally caused the death of this baby. I pray to God to give the family the strength they will need in the days ahead and years to come as they prepare to say goodbye to their baby.

  20. Angi on April 18th, 2019 12:37 am

    So sorry for the families loss. This is so sad…

  21. John on April 17th, 2019 10:40 pm

    I don’t know this kid or family but i am so sorry for y’alls lost tonight praying for both family the parents and the person who hit the kid y’all all need to remember make sure u tell ur kids u love them and if u are married tell ur wife and husband every day and night u love them to

  22. Rita on April 17th, 2019 10:13 pm

    Im so sorry for your loss of this sweet baby. I’ll be praying for your family. ..God help ease their pain

  23. Lifendason on April 17th, 2019 9:55 pm

    So sorry for this loss. Praying for all involved.

  24. Destiny❤️ Burt❤️ on April 17th, 2019 8:48 pm

    I miss you so much and I love you kell with all my heart you uncle clark kemy and kiantae and Jordan and nya and Brian and brittney I’ll always think of y’all after what happened today





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