Tbe evidence, wben considered in tbe most favorable light
to tbe plaintiff, tends to establish tbe following facts: tbe defendant, Bobby Allen, at tbe time of tbe accident, was driving bis father’s automobile in a northerly direction on South Juniper Street, in Kannapolis, N. C., at a speed of sixty miles an hour, and struck tbe plaintiff’s intestate wben be ran into tbe street from behind a wagon which was proceeding in a southerly direction on said street. Tbe child was struck at a point in tbe street somewhere between 25 and 50 feet north of the intersection on South Juniper and West C. Streets, and “was knocked forward and North on tbe road, 12 to 15 feet.” Tbe body of tbe child came to rest about three feet from tbe curb on the west side of tbe street. Tbe street is 26 feet wide, paved from curb to curb, and is slightly upgrade' in tbe direction in which tbe Allen car was traveling. There were skid marks in tbe street which started 10 or 12 feet north of where plaintiff’s intestate was lying, and continued north about 35 or 40 feet. Tbe automobile came to rest on tbe east side of tbe street, 52 feet from where tbe plaintiff’s intestate lay. Tbe right rear wheel of tbe Allen car was against tbe curb with the front end beaded across tbe street. There were some children on tbe sidewalk on tbe opposite side of the street from where tbe plaintiff’s intestate attempted to cross tbe street. Tbe Allen car and tbe wagon referred to herein were tbe only vehicles on tbe street at or near tbe scene of tbe accident at tbe time it occurred. Tbe wagon bad a bed on it which was about waist high. “It was a shallow top.” Tbe evidence would indicate tbe accident may have occurred in a residential district. There is a grocery store, service station and barber shop at tbe intersection of South Juniper and West C. Streets, according to tbe testimony of tbe witnesses, and at least four residences on tbe west side of tbe street in tbe block in which tbe accident occurred. Be that as it may, tbe plaintiff never undertook to clarify tbe facts in this respect.
Tbe question for determination is whether tbe evidence adduced in tbe trial below, wben considered in its most favorable light for tbe plaintiff, together with tbe reasonable inferences fairly deducible therefrom, as it *486must be on motion for judgment as of nonsuit, is sufficient to carry tbe case to tbe jury on tbe issue of defendants’ negligence. We are inclined to tbe view that it is sufficient to do so. Edwards v. Cross, ante, 354, 64 S.E. 2d 6; Chambers v. Allen, ante, 195, 63 S.E. 2d 212; Thomas v. Motor Lines, 230 N.C. 122, 52 S.E. 2d 377; Bundy v. Powell, 229 N.C. 707, 51 S.E. 2d 307.
Ordinarily, where a motorist is proceeding at a lawful rate of speed and such speed is reasonable and prudent under tbe circumstances then existing, be is not liable for injuries to a child who darts from behind another vehicle or other object in front of his automobile so suddenly that he cannot stop or otherwise avoid the injury. Kennedy v. Lookadoo, 203 N.C. 650, 166 S.E. 752; Henklemann v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 180 Md. 591, 26 A. 2d 418; Peabody Coal Co. v. Industrial Commission, 308 Ill. 133, 139 N.E. 7. See also the case of Fox v. Barlow, 206 N.C. 66, 173 S.E. 43. But, on the other hand, where one is driving an automobile at a speed in excess of the statutory limit, or at a greater speed than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing, the mere fact that a child suddenly runs in front of the moving vehicle, does not necessarily relieve the driver from liability. There still remains the question whether the negligent driving of the automobile made it impossible for the driver of the car, under the circumstances, to avoid the accident after seeing the child, or whether by the exercise of reasonable care, such driver could have seen the child in time to avoid the injury. Goss v. Williams, 196 N.C. 213, 145 S.E. 169; Moore v. Powell, 205 N.C. 636, 172 S.E. 327; Kelly v. Hunsucker, 211 N.C. 153, 189 S.E. 664.
It is provided in G.S. 20-141, subsection (a), that “No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.” And it is further provided in subsection (c) of the same statute that the fact that the speed of a vehicle is lower than that fixed by statute, such fact does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease his speed when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic, and “speed shall be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.”
The due care required in fixing responsibility for negligence is the rule of the prudent man. The standard is always that care which a reasonably prudent man should exercise under the same or similar circumstances. Rea v. Simowitz, 225 N.C. 575, 35 S.E. 2d 871. And, as stated by Barnhill, J., in speaking for the Court in the last cited case: “The quality of care required to meet the standard must be determined by the circumstances in which plaintiff and defendant were placed with respect to each other. And whether defendant exercised or failed to exercise *487ordinary care as -understood and defined in our law of negligence is to be judged by the jury in the light of the attendant facts and circumstances.”
This is a borderline case, but in view of the fact that the evidence discloses the presence of children on the sidewalk near the scene of the accident at the time of its occurrence, and that a number of families were living in the block in which the accident occurred,' coupled with the further testimony as to the speed of the car, the evidence is sufficient, in our opinion, to justify the submission of the case to the jury. We think it should be left to the twelve to say whether the defendant Bobby Allen was guilty of negligence in the operation of his father’s car, and, if so, whether such negligence was the proximate cause of the injury and death of the plaintiff’s intestate. Hughes v. Thayer, 229 N.C. 773, 51 S.E. 2d 488; Sparks v. Willis, 228 N.C. 25, 44 S.E. 2d 343; Smith v. Miller, 209 N.C. 170, 183 S.E. 370.
The judgment of the court below is