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Woman swerved to hit pedestrians, then posted photo with damaged car, NC police say

Wilmington police seek driver in pedestrian hit-and-run

Wilmington, NC police are asking for help identifying a woman who is seen on video purposely striking a pedestrian with her car on Feb. 6, 2019, then fleeing the scene. The victim suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees.
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Wilmington, NC police are asking for help identifying a woman who is seen on video purposely striking a pedestrian with her car on Feb. 6, 2019, then fleeing the scene. The victim suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees.

A woman is accused of taking a photo with a damaged car and posting it online after she swerved to hit two pedestrians on a North Carolina street, according to Facebook posts this week from the Wilmington Police Department.

Video of Wednesday’s hit-and-run crash shows a black car coming from behind the man and woman as they walk down the road. The man jumps out of the way as the car hits the woman, according to the video.

“The driver of the suspect vehicle, a black sedan, intentionally swerved off the roadway to strike the pedestrians,” the department said.

Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 22, was behind the wheel and posted a photo of the damaged car on social media “immediately after the incident,” police said Friday.

The male victim is Lawrence’s former boyfriend, WRAL reports. The other pedestrian has “multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees,” according to the police department.

Officials say they’re searching for Lawrence, who has warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, failure to give information/aid to personal injury and driving without a license.

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Courtnay Danielle Lawrence is wanted by Wilmington Police. Wilmington Police Department

Below is the original story, published Feb. 7.

Video shows driver swerve to hit pedestrians in North Carolina, cops say

The black car comes from behind the man and woman as they walk down the road, the video shows. The man jumps out of the way as the car hits the woman, sending her head over heels over the hood, according to the video, posted to the Wilmington Police Department Facebook page.

“The driver of the suspect vehicle, a black sedan, intentionally swerved off the roadway to strike the pedestrians,” the department said.

The woman told police she was walking down the street with the man in the video ”when she heard a horn honking.”

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“The suspect struck the victim on her right hip, launching her into the air several feet, before landing on her left side. The victim suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees,” the department said.

The man who was walking with the victim ran away, police said, adding that officers believe he knew the driver.

Police say they’re looking for any information about the driver or the man who ran from the scene, and they’re offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.

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