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Grandmother Loses License for Fatal Hit-and-Run

Posted August 2, 2007

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— A Wayne County grandmother pleaded guilty Wednesday to a fatal hit-and-run accident last fall and had her driver's license taken away, authorities said.

Andy Anderson, 47, of the Elroy community, was found dead in the median of U.S. Highway 70 just east of Goldsboro on Nov. 8. Authorities said he had been lying in the median for about 12 hours before he was found.

Friends and relatives said Anderson had a daily routine of crossing busy U.S. 70 to go to a store less than a mile from the home where he lived with his parents.

Carol Coletrain Lane, 72, of LaGrange, was arrested weeks after the incident, when a tip to the state Highway Patrol led investigators to a vehicle with front-end damage consistent with the fatal accident.

Lane pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor hit-and-run and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, suspended to five years on unsupervised probation. Her license was revoked for medical reasons, and the state Division of Motor Vehicles will decide whether it will be reinstated, authorities said.

A sobbing Lane told WRAL last fall that she didn't know she had hit anyone on the dark and rainy night, so she never stopped.

"All of a sudden I just hit something," she said in November. "If I had known I had hit him, I would have stopped. But I thought, if it was a sign I hit, there was no need to stop."


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  • this_is_bananas Aug 3, 2007

    If the driving age and legal drinking age were the same everyone would go out on their 21st birthday get drunk and drive around. It would be terrible.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 3, 2007

    She should be doing jail time.

  • Rocknhorse Aug 3, 2007

    07_Bama_Resi - There are many factors that are involved with older drivers. My mother, also, is one of those drivers and SHE doesn't want to drive in the rain or after dark. The reason is b/c she has glaucoma, which causes the light-contrasted with the dark-to appear hazy and like starbursts. It's affects her ability to see clearly. In the daylight, it's not a problem, but at night, she has difficulty. So I'm the same way, if we are going somewhere and I know it will be late when she returns home, I pick her up and driver her there and back, rather than have her meet me and drive herself. Sometimes, it's not the child being overcontrolling, but rather compassionate and helpful! Before you attack, perhaps you should consider that there may be REASONS that people make decisions on behalf of our parents.

  • Bing Used Aug 3, 2007

    My husband was hit by an elderly couple when he was 16, they were going the wrong way down a one way street and everytime my husband went one way to try to get away from them, they went the same way until he was hit!

    Plus, an elderly lady ran a red light to turn left and hit me when I was pregnant! Not only that, she called and harrassed me several times before I called her lawyer threatening to press charges against her for harrassment!

    This is enough to fear elderly drivers.

  • Like that Aug 2, 2007

    Are you kidding me? She knew she hit something and did not stop to even see what it was and I am sure she saw news stories about someone getting hit and killed on the same road on the same night she 'hit something' and did not turn herself in nor attempt to find out what happened. Sounds like criminal negligence to me, she needs to go to jail. Just because she is old does not excuse her for her criminal actions. Justice was not served in this case, I hope the Anderson family sues her and takes all she has.

  • -info- Aug 2, 2007

    Can you imagine how low the insurance rates would be if the driving age was increased to the legal drinking age.....and then road test everyone every 2 years and if you are charged and found guilty of DUI your name licence number is released to every insurance company and if you have a revoked license the insurance company is mandated to report to the police when an attempt to obtain insurance is made so they can be on the look out for the person..that way many accidents can be avoided and no one is picked on, everyone is equal..

  • youngerby5mins Aug 2, 2007

    You are all nicer than I...
    No offense down east - but, it's "deaths" and "death".

  • QuitLying Aug 2, 2007

    My wife's stepfather is 94 and drives everyday. It scares the beejeebies out of us, but it is legal. I support testing after a certain senior age, but that's age discrimination..Wud a ya gonna do?

  • lizard Aug 2, 2007

    Responsibility is for everyone. If you decide to get drunk and walk in Hwy 70 you're bound to get "disappointed" by the results. She should have driven to a well lit area and notified the police and waited for them and reported what she did. She knew she hit something.

  • teachnow Aug 2, 2007

    The area that the victum was hit is near the Elroy community. For those that go from Raleigh to Atlantic
    Beach through Goldsboro, it is after you pass Wilbur's BBQ and go through the stop light. There is a BIG dip in the road and a fire station on the right. I am not sure exactly where in that stretch it was but there are no street lights on that stretch of road after you pass the convenience store on the corner. That does not excuse Mrs. Lane for not reporting hitting something, but I travel that area just about everyday and I can see how with bad weather you might not see someone. Signs should be way off the road, but some are not. If she was on the edge, she could have hit a sign and never gotten off the road. I would imagine both families have had a hard time with this. My sympathies are with both families.