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10-year-old struck, killed in Huntsville
17-year-old dies in separate crash

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A 10-year-old Huntsville boy was struck and killed Sunday morning crossing busy Memorial Parkway to go shopping.

Police said Avery James Allen, a fifth-grader, was with two friends on a CD-shopping trip to a nearby mall, when he ran into the path of a pickup around 9:30 a.m.

He was hit by the pickup and knocked into the concrete wall separating the northbound and southbound lanes of the four-lane highway.

He was Huntsville’s 34th traffic fatality this year, The Huntsville Times reported on its Web site.

Second accident

In a separate incident, police said excessive speed and alcohol were factors in a fiery crash that killed a 17-year-old driver.

Police spokesman Wendell Johnson said Christopher Lee Mullins was speeding as he headed east on U.S. 72 near Shields Road around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Mullins lost control of his car and it flipped several times. It struck a telephone pole and burned, Johnson said. Mullins was driving alone.

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