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Apex woman charged in hit-and-run that injured Cary moped driver

Posted April 12
Updated April 13

— An Apex woman was out on bond Thursday in connection with a weekend crash that left a man seriously injured.

Officers said Douglas Porter was struck by a car as he was driving a moped near 10708 Penny Road at about 6:50 p.m. Saturday.

Porter's family said one of his eye sockets, his jaw, a finger and one of his ankles were broken in the crash. Porter underwent surgery Tuesday for his jaw and eye and will undergo another Thursday for his ankle. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days.

Witnesses told police the driver of the car that hit Porter stopped long enough to pick up pieces of her car from the scene, depriving investigators of evidence, before leaving Porter in a ditch on the side of the road.

“We are thankful for the citizens who reported the crash and stopped to help. Their efforts contributed to our being able to make an arrest within a few days; we hope this resolution brings some comfort to the victim and his family,” said Lt. Tom Stewart of the Cary Police Department.

Beverly McNair, 59, of 1606 Patterson Grove, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony hit and run and faces up to 41 months in jail if convicted. She was being held at the Wake County Public Safety Center under $15,000 bond.

Porter, who was on his way home from work at a nearby Circle K when he was struck, said he is relieved McNair has been arrested but also feels sorry for her because he knows it will negatively impact her life.

"Now she is in major trouble. If she had just stopped and helped me, it wouldn't have been so bad. She would have been a hero," Porter told WRAL News.

McNair's attorney, Ryan Willis, said she is extremely upset about what happened.

"She is distraught about what happened and is very concerned about the victim, Mr. Porter," Willis said. "She is doing everything she can to make it right."

According to McNair's Facebook page, she is a retired Air Force lieutenant.

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  • Dean Morron Apr 13, 4:05 a.m.
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    Hmmm, last name McNair ? or is it Henderson ??? One would think that a news reporter would gain all the facts prior to print. The actions of this woman after the accident warrant a much higher bail and if I was the judge, I'm not sure bail would be offered.

  • Fred Neopolitano Apr 12, 8:09 p.m.
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    I'm sure Mr. Porter was high on narcotics when he used the word "hero" . That seems like common decency to me to check on the person you just hit.

  • Fred Neopolitano Apr 12, 8:04 p.m.
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    I am so glad she was caught. Justice must be served.

  • Andy Holt Apr 12, 7:53 p.m.
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    She obviously had NO remorse for this man's condition. She was coherent enough to pick up the evidence before leaving the scene. She could have cared less if the poor guy got any help at all... and is only facing 41 months? I personally think that 41 YEARS would be more appropriate, and I certainly hope that this man retains a good law firm to represent him because she needs to be taught a valuable lesson.
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  • Andy Jackson Apr 12, 7:53 p.m.
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    She is one piece of trash....to stop to pick up pieces of her car trying not to be identified. May she get what she is due!!!

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 12, 6:46 p.m.
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    Picked up pieces of her car, and left him in the ditch?? From the damage to his moped, she's lucky he wasn't hurt worse. Smh

  • Angus Young Apr 12, 6:31 p.m.
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    The fact that she claims on her FB page to be a retired Air Force LT tells me all I need to know about her.

  • Sara Hauser Apr 12, 4:57 p.m.
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    I do not understand how anyone can leave someone like this-just appalling that she took the time to pick up evidence but couldn't call for help. Just despicable!