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Bedford teen killed trying to cross major road

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A Bedford teenager was killed after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a major road.

Amari Darby, 15, was struck by a car traveling westbound in the 3000 block of W. Euless Blvd shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bedford police said Darby was trying to cross the roadway and was in critical condition at the scene of the accident. Darby was taken to a nearby hospital via Careflight, but later died from his injuries.

Witnesses told police that Darby ran into the road and the driver of the vehicle stopped after the accident. Police do not plan to file charges against the driver.

Darby was an eighth grader at Central Junior High School in Bedford. He was an athlete, and Thursday would have been his first basketball game.

Hundreds of messages from loved ones have already been written in Darby's memory.

"I'm always gonna remember him," said Darby's best friend, Cameron Jones. "He's like a brother to me, and I'm just gonna pray about him and pray for his family."

Darby's mother, Veronica Owens, says her son was just getting good at football, and after a recent game, you could see why he had the NFL in his sights.

"He had five touchdowns in that game, and he was so happy, and I was so proud of him," she said.

She says her son was supposed to meet her at a Jack in the Box that's only blocks from the school and their home.

She actually drove up to the scene, not knowing her son had been hit.

The head coach at Central Junior High, Elvis Gallegos, says Darby was more than just a good athlete.

"Kids just followed him, and when he started leading in a positive way, when he started doing things right in the classroom, his grades were getting really good and the teachers were sending us emails," he said. "We were seeing it on the court that he was just leading by example."

"He touched a lot of us in a good way, and some people didn't know him, but they still wrote him a note to show that we love him and we miss him," said Jones.

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