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Good Samaritans tackle fleeing hit-and-run driver

The driver of this pickup ran into a car and ran over a woman pumping gas at the Murphy USA station on Sept. 29.

A woman pumping gas into this Cadillac sedan (white car) was injured by an impaired pickup driver at the Murphy USA station on Sept. 29.

The injured woman was airlifted by MedCenter Air due to severe injures after she was struck by the pickup.
(Updated Sept. 29, 3:20 p.m.)

Customers intercept hit-and-run driver,
woman severely injured after being run over


On Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2016, emergency personnel responded to the scene of an attempted hit-and-run crash in the Murphy USA filling station in Taylorsville on NC 16 South.

The accident involved a man in an older model (1990s) Chevrolet pickup and a woman in an older model Cadillac sedan. Names have not yet been released.

The Taylorsville Police Department is investigating the incident. Police Chief Dennis James told The Times the truck was driven from the Walmart parking lot into the filling station area, around one set of pumps, and then the driver ran into the Cadillac and a woman pumping gas into the Cadillac. She was actually struck twice by the pickup, James added.

After striking the car and woman, the driver of the pickup crashed into a tree in a nearby median in the Walmart parking lot. He exited the truck and attempted to run away, but was promptly tackled by other customers at the scene, said James.

Chief James said he believes the driver of the pickup was impaired. The truck driver is being charged with hit and run, driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, and driving left of center.

The woman who was injured was airlifted by a MedCenter Air helicopter from a nearby field located next to the CVCC-Alexander Furniture Academy.
Responding agencies included the NC State Highway Patrol, Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Taylorsville Fire Department, Alexander Rescue Squad, and Alexander County EMS.


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