A North Carolina driver accused of fatally running down a 6-year-old girl allegedly became irate at being questioned by police — blaming the dead girl and calling her a “r—-d.”
Andrew Everett, 50, was allegedly driving 10 to 15 mph over the speed limit when he struck Joselin Perez Hernandez as she was playing outside her home in Cary around 11:15 a.m. Friday, according to a search warrant obtained by WRAL.
Responding cops say that Everett — who had drug paraphernalia in his car — showed a “lack of remorse” and “was impatient during the investigation.”
“I’m not sure why this investigation is taking more than five minutes,” he complained, according to the warrant.
“It wasn’t my fault, no one was watching her and she jumped out in front of me.
Officers also noted a lack of skid marks on the road, suggesting Everett did not try to brake before striking the young girl.
The girl was brought to a local hospital with brain and spine injuries, which she eventually succumbed to.
Her father remembered her as someone who loved making people smile, watching TV and “dancing the day away.”
“He wants people to know that Joselin was a [caring] and very loving girl,” a friend of the family told WRAL, adding: “The people that met her are hurt by the news.”
The Cary community has since come together to build an ever-growing memorial of stuffed animals and flowers outside her home, and the unidentified family friend said the police are “helping the family out with everything.”
“The warmth and peace helping them out [and] the community [who] came out and left roses, that is what is helping them cope,” the friend said.
In a statement, Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said: “Our deepest condolences go out to the grieving family facing the untimely death of their child.
“Our community stands united in support, offering strength and compassion to all those affected by this profound loss.”
Everett is now charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, felony involuntary manslaughter, failure to reduce speed, exceeding the posted speed limit and careless and reckless driving.
He is being held at the Wake County Jail on a $26,000 bond, and is due back in court on Jan. 22.
The Post has reached out to the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, which is representing Everett, for comment.