Tbe only question presented by tbis appeal is whether tbe plaintiff has offered sufficient evidence of actionable negligence on tbe part of tbe defendant to carry tbe case to tbe jury.
Tbe plaintiff’s intestate, a child six years of age, was crushed to death under tbe rear wheels of a heavily loaded motor truck driven by tbe defendant. Tbe fatal accident occurred on a street within tbe corporate limits of tbe Town of Spruce Pine. Tbe street was paved, 18 feet wide, and extended in an east and west direction. The truck was proceeding east, and tbe child came from tbe south side of tbe street and was running diagonally north across tbe street when be came in contact with tbe truck His body after be was run over lay four or five feet from tbe north side of tbe street. Tbe tire marks on tbe pavement indicated tbe brakes on tbe truck were applied at a point 60 feet west of tbe place of collision; that tbe truck then ran sharply to its left, and after striking *27the child, continued on across the ditch on the north side of the street, and plowed through a hedge for a distance of 36 feet before coming to rest. There was evidence that the truck before the accident was on its right side of the street, and traveling at a speed 25 to 30 miles per hour, upgrade, on a dry pavement, and that the day was clear. There was some evidence that the place where the accident occurred was within a business district, as defined by Gr. S., 20-38 (a), or at least within a residential district, Gr. S., 20-38 (w) 1. Under the statute then in force (1946) speed of a motor vehicle in excess of 20 miles per hour in a business district, or 25 miles per hour in a residential district would constitute prima facie evidence that the speed ivas unreasonable and unlawful. Gr. S., 20-141.
The evidence was that the child came from the south side of the street, probably from a garage, and was running across the street, apparently unconscious of the approach of the truck. One of the two witnesses who saw the child before he was killed observed him about the middle of the street, and the other saw him one-third of the way across, and both said' that as the truck cut to its left the child ran into the truck and fell under the rear wheels. There was evidence that the horn was not sounded.
Though there were several automobiles parked on the south side of the street, they appear to have been parked off the street and west of the garage, nor did it appear from plaintiff’s evidence that the child ran from behind either of these automobiles, or was concealed by them. Contributory negligence' was not pleaded.
The plaintiff contends this testimony afforded some evidence of negligence on the part of the defendant in that he failed to keep proper lookout in traveling a public street, and drove his truck at an unreasonable speed, not only as shown by the testimony of the witnesses, but also as indicated by the momentum of the truck after the brakes were applied. He contends that the reasonable inference should be drawn from, the testimony offered that the defendant saw the child on the street apparently oblivious of the approach of the truck, or in the exercise of due care should have seen him, in time to have taken measures to avoid the injury by slowing down and sounding his horn, as required by Gr. S., 20-174 (e), and that instead he turned his truck to the left across the street in the very direction in which the child was running.-
"While there was evidence from witnesses offered by plaintiff which, standing alone, would seem to exculpate the defendant from the imputation of negligence, and all the circumstances are not clear, yet considering the entire evidence under the rule that plaintiff is entitled on the motion to nonsuit “to every reasonable intendment and every reasonable inference therefrom” in his favor (Moore v. Powell, 205 N. C., 636, 172 S. E., 188), we reach the conclusion that there is here sufficient evidence to *28withstand the defendant’s motion and to entitle the plaintiff to have his case submitted to the jury.
It has been frequently declared by this Court to be the duty of one driving a motor vehicle on a public street who sees, or by the exercise of due card should see, a child on the traveled portion of the street or apparently intending to cross, to use proper care with respect to speed and control of his vehicle, the maintenance of vigilant lookout and the giving of timely warning, to avoid injury, recognizing the likelihood of the child’s running across the street in obedience to childish impulses and without circumspection. Yokeley v. Kearns, 223 N. C., 196, 25 S. E. (2d), 602; Smith v. Miller, 209 N. C., 170, 86 S. E., 1036; S. v. Gray, 180 N. C., 697 (710), 104 S. E., 647.
True, the evidence would indicate that the defendant was confronted with a sudden emergency, and the general rule is that one confronted with a sudden emergency is not held by the law to the same degree of care as in ordinary circumstances, but only to that degree of care which an 'ordinarily prudent person would use under similar circumstances. Hoke v. Greyhound Corp., 227 N. C., 412, 42 S. E. (2d), 593. “The standard of conduct required in an emergency as elsewhere is that of the prudent man.” Ingle v. Cassady, 208 N. C., 497, 181 S. E., 562. “But,” said Justice Winborne in Hoke v. Greyhound Corp., supra, “the principle is not available to one who by his own negligence has brought about or contributed to the emergency.”
There was error in allowing defendant’s motion for nonsuit, and the judgment dismissing the action is