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Out-of-Control Car Kills Couple in Wal-Mart Parking Lot

Posted December 3, 2007

— A Fayetteville couple was killed Monday when they were struck by a car that went out of control in a shopping center parking lot, police said.

The incident occurred at about 11:40 a.m. outside the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 4601 Ramsey St., police said.

Richard A. Myers, 63, and his wife, Christine Myers, 59, of 235 Prince Charles Drive, were leaving the Tire & Lube Express area at the back of the store when they were struck by a Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Lynn Bremer, 48, of 1100 Clarendon St. Apt. 610, police said.

"We believe the driver had some type of medical condition, a seizure or something of that nature," said Lt. Lars Paul, of the Fayetteville Police Department.

The Mercury careered down an alley outside the garden center at an estimated 60 mph and clipped a "Do Not Enter" traffic sign, knocking off the car's side mirror, before hitting the Myerses and slamming into their minivan, police said.

The Myerses were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.

Bremer also was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. There was no word on her condition Monday.

Few people witnessed the accident, so police plan to review tapes from Wal-Mart's security cameras, which were mounted on the store roof above the Tire & Lube Express, in hopes of determining exactly what happened.

No charges have been filed, police said.


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  • jackadoo Dec 4, 2007

    Lots of bad things can happen to you in big parking lots. It is one place you should always be aware of who and what is around you. It is definitely not a place to be engaged in distractive behavior.

  • Adelinthe Dec 4, 2007

    Crosswalka??? At the Tire and Lube Center at Wal*Mart??? Nope!!!

    We take an exit that goes right by the TLE center at the Wal*Mart in Cary. It's amazing how many people walk right out of the garage and across to their car without ever looking.

    That's not to say that's what happened here though. No one knows yet, but the security videos will probably show what happened.

    Likewise, the number of people who speed down that side entrance/exit is astounding - maybe cause there's no speed signs posted and many have no common sense???

    Praying for the victims and for the one that hit them, and praying for the families of them both.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 4, 2007

    "drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.Those are crosswalks in a parking lot!they have the rightaway"

    Show me a state law that says anything about crosswalks in a parking lot. The government doesn't put them there.

  • Joe Blow Dec 4, 2007

    I wouldn't be surprised if it was a seizure.. I just don't understand why it's taking this long to identify the medical condition. A test can be performed right away to determine if a seziure has occured.

  • ltbarkley Dec 4, 2007

    "This story is strange. 60 mph in a parking lot? What medical condition could cause that" -jackadoo6. Hmm - a seizure where you stiffen up and your leg locks down on the accelerator pedal is the first thing that pops to mind... You might want to think some more before posting.

    "Out of control car or medical condition please get the facts right before you do a story" - Cable. Umm.. Medical condition leading to the car being out of control? How is this hard to imagine? Please respond, I am very interested in knowing....

  • mramorak Dec 4, 2007

    drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.Those are crosswalks in a parking lot!they have the rightaway.

  • FE Dec 4, 2007

    I worry FAR less about folks with medical conditions and "seniors" than I do about those operators who seem preoccupied with their cell phones, especially texting, while "driving." The reader who made the comment about the fitness center folks wanting to park 20 feet closer to the door also caught my attention.

    While Monday's event may have been unavoidable, especially if due to an unforeseen medical event, nevertheless there frequently ARE factors existing that contribute to an accident. Loud radios, eating food, putting on makeup also come to mind.

    In my own neighborhood there are youth who for whatever reason choose NOT to walk on the perfectly good sidewalks that are present, but instead walk three or four abreast IN the street. Throw in the hilly streets, sun in your face, or an inattentive driver and the recipe for a disaster is great. Of course, I'm sure the poor driver who actually hits them will later be sued by "someone."

  • Cable Dec 4, 2007

    Out of control car or medical condition please get the facts right before you do a story

  • Yeah I know Dec 4, 2007

    I just found out that I knew these two people. They were incredibly kind thoughtful beautiful people.

  • Autumn Dec 4, 2007

    My immediate thought when I first heard this story, without knowing any facts, was "I wonder if the driver of the car had a seizure behind the wheel?" This happened to a friend of mine years ago. Fortunately, in my friend's case, she had just dropped her son off at school and was the only person in the car. She hit a pole and had minor injuries, but I shudder to think that it could have been a lot worse.