Apex woman charged in hit-and-run that injured Cary moped driver
Posted April 12
Updated April 13
Cary, N.C. — 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.