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Pedestrian struck, left for hours on Harnett road

Posted September 7, 2008
Updated September 8, 2008


A Dunn woman first told state troopers that she hit a deer along a Harnett County road Saturday night. But passersby found an injured pedestrian in a roadside ditch nearly 14 hours later.

State troopers say Amy Whitman, 25, of Dunn, crossed left of the center line of Brick Mill Road and struck Kevin West around 10:15 p.m. Both Whitman and West were traveling east.

Investigators said Whitman left the scene and moved the vehicle from the crash site.

West was stranded along Brick Mill Road until noon Sunday when passersby found him and called 911. Troopers said he was in a ditch 10 feet from the road, about a mile from from the site of the wreck.

West was conscious but constantly yelling when he was found, troopers said. He taken to Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dunn and then to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. West was listed in critical condition Sunday night.

Troopers said that Whitman told them that she hit a deer when they first questioned her.

Whitman was charged with driving while impaired and was being held under a $750 bond. Troopers said they planned to meet with the Harnett County district attorney on Monday to determine what other charges should be filed.


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  • manofjustice Sep 8, 2008

    I have also noticed one thing about North Carolina....North Cartolina hates sidewalks. And on rural roads...it would be nice to have more space between the road and the ditch and I hate having to bump into mailboxes. Too dangerous to walk.

  • manofjustice Sep 8, 2008

    If we had better transportation in Wake County I wouldn't worry about drunk drivers. If you are drunk I will pay to get you home on a train or bus. I wish we could do that. Drunk drivers are humans also. We need to help them. It is so easy to sit back and say they need to be put under the jail when the truth of the matter is they needed to be treated with respect and helped just like anyother citizens in the US. If we give them access to better transportation and they don't use it they should be taken straight to prison. I really feel our justice system doesn't really try to help anyone. I wish I could be in control of laws for 1 day.

  • are we there yet Sep 8, 2008

    From the Dunn Daily Record, Monday, Sept 8...

    "Ms. Whitman was initially charged with driving while impaired, but after meeting with the prosecutors this morning, additional charges have been filed. The driver is now facing one felony count of hit and run, one felony count of serious injury by a motor vehicle with intent to kill, careless and reckless driving and one count of resist, delay and obstruction. She is being held under a $100,000 bond."

    Paper doesnt specify anything regarding the timeline of events, but does state he was found 1 mile from crash site. Not sure how he got there, maybe crawled or dragged himself. Paper also states they were in some kind of relationship. Love quarrel, drunk driver, or not, that road is very curvy and most places very dark. And if Im not mistaken only has a 45 mph speed limit. Needs to be less. Prayers for him and his family.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Sep 8, 2008

    10:15 p.m? In total darkness? Plus the driver was drunk? Didn't the pedestrian see or hear the car coming in a rural, open location? Something is missing in this story...

  • pebbles262004 Sep 8, 2008

    I think that we should wait to find out more evidence before we start making our opinions on this one we need to find out how this guy is doing and whatt he real story is instead of bits and pieces that do not even make any sense

  • down by the pond Sep 8, 2008

    maybe i am missing something,,,,help me out.
    Did she or someone call the authorities as soon as it happened scene and they charged her with DWI then?
    or did she move the car from the alleged crime scene,,,and report it later and they charged her or
    did someone report it and they found her.
    I am trying to get the timeline and piece the events from the beginning to understand why the guy was not found til next day,,,,
    it sounds like an attempt to move away from the scene,, but then i don't know,,,,,

  • Glass Half Full Sep 8, 2008

    The bond is/was too low. Was she so smashed she couldn't tell a deer from a man or is she lying to try to make herself look less guilty? Either way, no excuse, she knew she was drunk when she started the engine. Hopefully, the man will survive. I think the best punishment, aside from her no longer having any driving privileges, would be for her to take care of this man's medical bills and his future needs since she's the reason he's laid up. She should serve his needs hand and foot until he's totally back on his feet, if that ever happens. That way she may understand the true impact of her actions.

  • madisongunter Sep 8, 2008

    This was taken from www.madd.org

    In 2006, an estimated 15,827 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes—an average of one every 33 minutes. These deaths constitute 37 percent of the 42,532 total traffic fatalities. Of these, 13,470 involved a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater). On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 39 minutes.

  • madisongunter Sep 8, 2008

    tell ya what crayzee, you back up your facts of the number of deaths caused my cell phones and I'll back up facts pertaining to deaths caused my drinking and driving!

  • Ferguson Sep 8, 2008

    To Crayzee1----> "could have KILLED someone" Ummm, could have, doesn't mean we punish like she did kill someone.