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Autopsy: Alcohol involved in death of woman found in Raleigh street

Posted March 8, 2011

— A woman who died after being found unconscious in a Raleigh street in December had enough alcohol in her system to be impaired, according to an autopsy result released Tuesday.

A passing driver found Tempie Kitchin Kerr, 34, of Raleigh, lying face-down on St. Mary's Street near the Glenwood Avenue intersection on Dec. 28. She died the following day.

Investigators initially thought Kerr was a pedestrian who had been hit by a car, but police later said there was no evidence of of a hit-and-run.

Kerr's boyfriend, Chadwick Ryan Whichard, told police that he and Kerr were arguing and that she jumped out of the car as it was moving and hit her head.

Whichard, 36, of 2415 Glenwood Ave., was charged with driving while impaired.

An autopsy determined Kerr died of blunt force injuries to her head. Toxicology results showed she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent shortly after she was found in the street, and the medical examiner said that was likely a contributing factor in her death.


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  • shieldscr Mar 9, 2011

    The victim is being made a villan of sorts. The question is--why was she so afraid and upset that she would jump from a moving car?? .08 alcohol intake would not do it alone. AND has anyone including WRAL SEEN where she landed??! In the center of 4 lands! That is illogical unless the DRIVER was driving irrationally and wrecklessly (which a witness has already pointed out). The criticism needs to be directed at the "boyfriend" and not HIS victim. A couple of glasses of wine does not bring on THAT much recklessness. Lets plaster the boyfriend's picture all over the news for a while and speak of his many vices. Not the victim's. WRAL is being sensationalistic--typical media unfortunately.

  • sweetjess14 Mar 9, 2011

    Jeremiah....actually I have taken alcohol classes and one beer puts you almost at .08 depending on your size.

    I am actually VERY confused at how they came to conclusion that alcohol was a factor in her death. Since when did consuming one class of wine or a bottle of beer make someone want to jump out of a car???? They seriously need to look into this a bit more!

  • Jeremiah Mar 9, 2011

    .08? Wow, so she had 3 or so beers? I don't really see why that should be "breaking news" in this story.

  • thefensk Mar 9, 2011

    I think "dryjr" hit the nail on the head. She was not too drunk to prevent her actually jumping out of the car but was to drunk to think "hey, this is really a bad idea."
    There is probably a lot more back story with this guy's involvement.

  • gomob1981 Mar 9, 2011

    Let's forget about the BAC, let's not even focus on the possible cocaine use and the debate of who needs substance education and why. Let's ask how you could leave someone who had just jumped from a moving car and drive away with no regard for their safety like they were nothing. Imagine your mother, sister or daughter left lying in the street like an animal that was hit and waiting for street maintenance to come by and pick them up. Sometimes depraved indifference to human life is worse than actual murder. When I know you are trying to kill me is one thing but when you just have total disregard for me as a person in a situation like this one is something totally different.

  • egoss Mar 9, 2011

    I knew a girl who was in her early 20's and she had an argument with her boyfriend and she jumped out of their moving vehicle. She had been drinking also. She survived the fall.

  • dryjr Mar 9, 2011

    I think the point is a sober person probally wouldn't jump out of a moving car.

  • jbco Mar 9, 2011

    Actually Airborne Daddy, you can NOT drive legally with a .08 alcohol level.

    I agree with deutschgirl. Between the people who have commented here and the comments made by the jurors in the Cook DWI murder trial, there is some serious ignorance regarding alcohol and its effects on the body. If you consume alcohol, you should know how it effects your body. You should also know the law as it pertains to DWIs in this state. These laws have an impact on all of us. Perhaps the time spent making uninformed comments here would be better spent becoming educated about the world around you.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Mar 9, 2011

    ** What may apply to you when you drink DOES NOT apply to everybody else.

  • sammyg Mar 9, 2011

    C'mon...it's the Glenwood Avenue gang. You don't actually think they would be accused of doing something illegal, do you?