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Family, friends remember women killed by car

Posted June 6, 2010
Updated June 8, 2010

— A 34-year-old Kenly man has been charged in connection with the deaths of two female pedestrians who were struck by a vehicle in Wilson early Sunday.

Police said that Jimmy Vincent Coleman, of West First Street, was driving a vehicle that hit the women in the 3400 block of Raleigh Road Parkway.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Family members identified them as 25-year-old Amie Sullivan and 22-year-old Nikki Whitley.

“She will be missed because she was like a daughter to me,” Sullivan's aunt, Zebbra Kriger, said. "She was just an awesome person. She would do anything for anybody. She was outgoing. She was fun. She was loving. Everybody loved her."

Kriger was among the people who visited a makeshift memorial Sunday that was set up at the site of the collision. Lisa Whitley, Nikki's mother, also came by to see the flowers and cards.

"She always had a beautiful smile, even when she was little," Lisa Whitley said of her daughter.

Whitley said she learned of her daughter's death shortly after the crash. She said her daughter worked at a nearby Italian restaurant. Scott Fitzgerald, a co-worker at the restaurant, also stopped by the crash site Sunday to pay his respects.

“She was a waitress there. She was a really sweet kid. She always had a smile on her face, just a good kid,” Fitzgerald said.

Whitley's family said she worked late at the restaurant Saturday and then met Sullivan for dinner. It was after that, they family says, the women decided to walk home. They were struck by Coleman's car around 4:20 a.m., police said.

"I'm very angry at the fact that somebody would get behind the wheel and take somebody's heart away," Lisa Whitley said.

Kriger said her family is holding back judgment on Coleman until they learn more about what happened.

“We just want his family to know that we are not angry," she said. "We don't know what the situation is. We have no anger toward him because, right now, he is in enough pain himself."

Coleman was charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of driving with a revoked license. He was being held Sunday in the Wilson County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

The investigation into the wreck is ongoing.

Coleman has convictions for burglary, vehicle break-ins and larceny from 1995 and 1996, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • memaofsix Jun 8, 2010

    Personally I think that when there is a tragedy like this, no one should be able to post anything or state their opinion on what happenned! I have had 2 family members "slaughtered" in comments like these after tragic accidents and they were innocent, but proven guily on here. I really feel sorry for the family members reading this and NOBODY should have to be subject to it as well as greiving for their loss. May God be with the families and friends of each young lady.

  • angelcollie Jun 7, 2010

    Amie had more life than anyone I'd ever met. She could make friends with anyone. It was no such of thing as being sad around her because she could make anyone laugh. She had a strength & a wisdom that couldn't be duplicated. She was unique and beautiful and worked hard to get what she had. She loved the people in her life more than anything in the world and wouldn't let a friend be in need. If she didn't have the solution she helped you find it. She had a heart of gold and so much potential. It seems so wrong that such a beautiful persons life could be taken in the blink of an eye because a criminal was given break after break. The world won't be the same without Amie's love & light in it. It is my prayer that this person understands the jewels he took away from this world & that he be brought to justice- not that any restitution could ever make up for the lives lost. There is a void & a pain that can't be soothed in the hearts of many & only comfort in that Amie is in a better place.

  • stephaniehawkins25 Jun 7, 2010

    Amie and I dated for a few years. She helped me grow in so many ways. Taught me many things about life and people. She and I experienced life together in a way I never thought possible. She was the strong woman...my better half that kept me going. She made me laugh all the time.And Yell lol. She is beautiful, talented, and so so amazing. I will see you in the sky Amie Marie. I love you forever and you will be missed every second.I'll meet you in my dreams

  • just my2cents Jun 7, 2010

    There was also a case of opened Budweiser in his back seat. You have to be under the influence and that be the cause of the death to be charged with FELONY death by motor vehicle, or x2 in this case. And though walking at 4:20 am is dangerous, it's not illegal nor asking to be murdered. Start blaming those at fault, the murderer that was behind the wheel and the judicial system that let him off more than 7 times.

  • cottencandie420 Jun 7, 2010

    I went to school with Nikki. She will be missed! That girl was amazing and always had a smile on her face. For most of yall that didn't know why they were out so late.....they were leaving Dennys early in the morning. I just can't believe his bond is only $100,000 ..that is crazy! Should be more then that! For the two girls, you will be missed..so sorry to their loved ones.

  • NCStatePack Jun 7, 2010

    Well pardon me for thinking wasn't drinking and driving since it doesn't state that at all in the article I am presented with. I think him driving on a revoked license is fairly irrelevant. I don't think it would make anyone feel any better about the situation if he'd been a legally insured/licensed driver. A terrible accident for all parties involved indeed.

  • katbug28 Jun 7, 2010

    For the ones that think he might have been going to his job you need to go to wilsondailytimes.com. It simply states that there was a case of beer in his veh and that he was charged with a dwi in 2008. Some people need to think about others feeling before posting. Everyone needs to remember it could be one of your loved ones. I have no connection to either of the girls but i think it is a terrible loss for both families and that people should find out facts instead of making assumptions. I am praying for the families and friends of these two beautful young ladies, thye were much to young for their life to be taken.

  • CarolinianByChoice Jun 7, 2010

    My sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families, friends and loved ones of both of these young ladies.

    If any of you felt my previous post minimized your loss in any way I apologize, that was not the intent whatsoever.

    I, like many posters here, are outraged on your behalf because your loss was preventable – had only the person who was behind the wheel obeyed the law and not been driving while his license was revoked.

    Too many people are victims of those who are driving illegally in this state – North Carolina needs to find a way to keep these people off the road so tragedies like this do not occur.

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you . . . .

  • Nc fire resq 29 Jun 7, 2010

    First off sorry for everyone's lose. Next is Journey985 please just lay off of the family and friends they are going off of what they were told and seen. Next is the area that they were in had alot of grass were the curve was so lets just wait till the FULL report from the wilson city PD is done then you all can judge the girls but lets all remember that they are no longer with us. so watch what you say.

  • beachboater Jun 7, 2010

    I've been on both sides of pedestrian vs car. I was hit as a child, and had a young man come out in front of me on a bicycle when I was about 20. I don't remember being hit, but I know my mothers feelings right up until she died. She said dragging what she thought was my dead body out of the road was the hardest thing she ever had to do. The boy I hit was badly cut, but he was ok.

    Even though it was not my fault, hitting the boy on the bike haunted me for months.

    My condolences to the families of the lost girls. This is a tough time for all the families involved. If the driver was impaired, I hope the law will do it's job in the proper punishment.

    There is no replacement for the young girls, and I don't think there is anything I could say to ease their hurt.