Woman seriously injured in Kill Devil Hills hit-and-run incident

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WVEC) -- Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a woman in Kill Devil Hills.

It happened June 17 on US-158 at 3:22 a.m. Friday. The victim, a Russian foreign exchange student, was heading southbound on a bicycle when she was struck by a car.

An investigation revealed that the woman was riding in accordance with the law, including having a reflector and light. After striking her, the driver of the car appeared to stop briefly before fleeing the scene.

The driver of a Sysco delivery truck noticed the woman lying in the roadway and stopped to help her and call 911.

Responding Kill Devil Hills police officers found debris from the striking vehicle, including a side mirror and portions of a fender. Shortly after, Sgt. Rodney Rawls saw a white Nissan Altima with damage that matched the debris found at the scene of the accident.

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Rawls stopped the driver, identified as Jacob McCarthy, 26, of Manteo. The debris was confirmed as a match to McCarthy's vehicle.

McCarthy was found to be impaired and was arrested for DWI, as well as felony hit-and-run. Police say is blood-alcohol content was .19, twice the legal limit.

According to police, evidence has led them to believe that there was at least one or more passengers in McCarthy's vehicle when he hit the bicyclist. He was alone at the time of his arrest.

The female victim was taken to Outer Banks Hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information about who may have been with McCarthy at the time of the accident is asked to call Kill Devil Hills Police at 252-449-5337 or call Crime Line at 252-473-3111.



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