Pedestrian hit by truck at intersection


A woman crossing the intersection of Causeway Drive and Waynick Boulevard was struck by a white Toyota truck turning left onto Causeway Drive around 4:30 p.m., on Monday, June 16.

Wrightsville Beach Police, Wrightsville Beach Fire and New Hanover County Emergency Medical Service responded to the scene and treated the woman for minor scrapes and bruises after the low-speed collision.

The victim was identified as 65-year-old Nancy Gonzalez, an employee of the Wrightsville Beach Lanier Parking office, and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for her injuries.

On Tuesday, June 17, Wrightsville Beach Lanier Parking manager Bryant Sykes said he allowed Gonzalez to leave work a few minutes early Monday. Gonzales said she would go for a walk around the John Nesbitt Loop, which Sykes said she does nearly every day. After parking at the Wynn Plaza public parking lot, Gonzales was walking north in the crosswalk at the intersection when the truck struck her.

The driver of the truck was 49-year-old Tammy Chapman from Angier, N.C. She was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Wrightsville Beach Police also retrieved a large revolver from the truck. On Tuesday, June 17, WBPD Captain M. Core said there were no charges associated with the firearm.

WBPD Captain P. Burdette said one of the corporals who arrested Chapman is a drug recognition expert and believed Chapman to be under the influence of a substance other than alcohol.

Chapman was processed by the Wrightsville Beach Police and transported to the New Hanover County Detention Facility.

Sykes said he had been in communication with Gonzalez and that she was sore from her scrapes and bruises. He did not know if she had been discharged from the hospital.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center no longer had Gonzalez in the patient database on the afternoon of June 17.



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