A man later found to have a blood alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit has been charged with causing a hit-and-run collision on U.S. 158 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (NC), that left a bike rider seriously injured. The crash happened a little after 3 am on June 17, 2016.
Police told news outlets that they matched vehicle debris left at the scene of the accident to a nearby car. Speaking with the man behind the wheel of the car revealed signs of intoxication, and follow-up testing showed the driver to have a BAC of .19. He currently faces a DWI charge and can expect to be charged with other offense related to fleeing a crash scene, inflicting injuries while driving and operating a vehicle recklessly.
Investigators also noted that the bicyclist followed all rules and regulations for riding a bike at night in North Carolina. Her bike was equipped with lights and reflectors, and she was riding to the far right of the lane. The nature of her injuries were not disclosed, but she likely faces a long and difficult recovery.
The victim in this crash is a visiting summer worker from Russia. She appears to have been using her bike to go home from work. Drivers on the Outer Banks need to be alert for such commuting bicyclists all through the tourist season. Becoming heavily intoxicated before taking the wheel makes watching for bike riders and acting responsibly to ensure their safety difficult. The negligence of putting bicyclists at risk should never be compounded by the heartlessness of leaving an injured person without comfort and care.