Additional charges possible after Chatham pedestrian's death
Posted July 15, 2013
Siler City, N.C. — Chatham County authorities could decide this week what charges to file against a driver who they say hit a Siler City woman out for a morning walk with a friend.
Julie Bingham Haarhuis, 41, died Saturday at a local hospital eight days after the wreck in which Emily Brooke Cheek, 21, allegedly hit her from behind.
Joris Haarhuis said Monday that his wife was walking along White Smith Road in Siler City around 6:30 a.m. on July 5 when the wreck happened a car hit her from behind.
Cheek already faces a charge of driving while impaired and could also be charged with felony death-by-motor vehicle, authorities said.
The Haarhuises would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary this October.
"She would light up the room," Joris Haarhuis said of his wife. "I was, and I still feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world."
Funeral arrangements are planned for Wednesday at in Burlington, and family will receive friends at McClure Funeral Service in Graham from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.