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Woman hospitalized, driver charged in wreck that killed dog

Posted December 30, 2010
Updated December 31, 2010

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— A woman was hurt and her dog killed when an 18-year-old driver lost control and struck her along Fort Sumter Road in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon, police said.

Shantay McNeese-Wiggins, 42, was walking her dog on the sidewalk when Richard Kocher's vehicle jumped the curb and hit her near 5150 Fort Sumter Road, according to police.

"Right this very minute, I am in a lot of pain," McNeese-Wiggins said.

McNeese-Wiggins suffered broken bones and was in serious condition at WakeMed Friday evening.

"As I turned around to see what was all the ruckus, that must be when the car hit me because I don't remember anything after that until I was in the EMS," she said.

Her 10-year-old dog, Bruno, was killed in the crash.

McNeese-Wiggins said she is not angry with Kocher.

"I just hope he takes away a lesson with it and something like this never happens again," she said.

Kocher was charged with driving left of center, and careless and reckless driving in the accident.

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McNeese-Wiggins will have to stay at WakeMed for about a week. Doctors said she'll likely be out of work and in rehab for several months.

She told WRAL News that her daughter has cerebral palsy and needs her mother as a caretaker.

"I am thinking, 'how am I going to take care of my daughter now?'" she said.

Still, McNeese-Wiggins is grateful to be alive.

"I am grateful to God that I didn't lose my life. I still have that," she said.

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  • cyauch Jan 3, 2011

    "She told WRAL News that her daughter has cerebral palsy and needs her mother as a caretaker.

    "I am thinking, 'how am I going to take care of my daughter now?'" she said."

    WRAL-I have a family member with CP. Is there anything I can do for her to help out?

  • airengr Dec 31, 2010

    I'm glad to finally see the media report that "an 18-year old driver" lost control rather than "an SUV" lost control. The idea that an inanimate object can lose control has always struck me as wrong. How many SUVs have we read about that have crossed a median?

  • james27613 Dec 31, 2010

    If he owns a cellphone, dial it up and find it in the car
    or in the storm drain?

  • quaten Dec 31, 2010

    fatchanceimwrong, where did it say anything about driving around with a dog on a lap?

    I was wondering the same thing. How did we get from "car-hits-dog" to "driving-while-dogged" ? Not to say the issue is irrelevent - just "off course", so to speak.

  • bowlingbrat1203 Dec 31, 2010

    the dog was not on her lap! She was walking the dog on the sidewalk when the other guy hit them. Hope she recovers and my heart goes out to her dog. I know how heart breaking that can be losing my baby girl (dog) this week after 16yrs.

  • wral234 Dec 31, 2010

    fatchanceimwrong, where did it say anything about driving around with a dog on a lap?

  • rescuefan Dec 31, 2010

    "Why is it that some people who claim to be such dog lovers will ride around with them on their lap? In a collision the dog is smashed by the airbag or bounced around in the car. Some of you on here call your dogs your children, but would you ride around in your cars with your infant child on your lap?
    fatchanceimwrong"

    My dogs are not my children, but they are beloved members of my family who happen to be dogs. I have car harnesses for all three of them to protect them in the case of an accident. They're too big to ride in my lap, but even if they weren't, I wouldn't let them.

    I feel so badly for this woman. Not only does she have to recover from serious injuries, but her beloved pet won't be waiting for her when she's released from the hospital. She has to be heartbroken.

  • bmg379 Dec 31, 2010

    yup,it could well have been not paying attention,listening to a ipod or on the cell or texting,pay attention and you can avoid alot of accidents including car accidents

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 31, 2010

    Why is it that some people who claim to be such dog lovers will ride around with them on their lap? In a collision the dog is smashed by the airbag or bounced around in the car. Some of you on here call your dogs your children, but would you ride around in your cars with your infant child on your lap?

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Dec 31, 2010

    Terrible situation, all the way around. So sorry the woman was injured, but also knowing how I feel about my "chidren" (my dogs), I am really sad for her loss of her dog and my thoughts and prayers go out to her. I hope she makes a speedy recovery.

    Beth

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