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Pedestrian killed near Isabel Holmes Bridge


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New details this morning on a fatal accident near the Isabel Holmes Bridge Wednesday night. State troopers tell WWAY that the victim is 31 year old Pender County resident Alisha Lee Sellers.

The accident happened on Highway 421 near the Isabel Holmes Bridge, and was called in to New Hanover County Dispatch at 8:59 Wednesday night.

Sellers had pulled over her car, and turned on her emergency flashers before getting out and walking southbound. That's when James Lewis Jr. hit her while driving his truck.

Troopers are not citing Lewis for the accident and say they don't know why Sellers had gotten out of her vehicle since it had not broken down.

The investigation is ongoing, and troopers have requested a toxicology report - even though they do not think drugs or alcohol were involved.

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You will be greatly missed!!

Alisha was my manager for quite a while...I enjoyed working with her and she was a very fun loving and outgoing individual to be around. You never know when ur time is up and it saddens me that it had to happen like this...I still can't believe that its thoughts ad prayers go out to her boyfriend and family who are grieving right now...Alisha u were deeply loved and cherished by many people and u will be missed!


Alisha Sellers was a dear friend of mine. We have developed a wonderful friendship over the years and I cant believe this has happened. I am emotionally damaged. She was the sweetest girl ever. I know her boyfriend of many years can hardly find words to describe how he is feeling. God bless him, and her heart broken family. I had tried to stay updated on what the reason was For her getting out of her car like she did, and I hope the ones that wanted to judge the situation without knowing feel really stupid right now. She was my girl and I dont know what to think right now. She was so young , and so beautiful, and didnt deserve to go so soon. I love you Alisha, and you will be missed more than you will ever know.

Alisha was part of my family

Shame on all of those leaving rude comments. Instead of praying for her family, the family of the man involved, and for MY own family, I will now be praying for you. Those leaving cruel comments clearly have no idea how much any of the families involved are suffering. Karma will come back around. Alisha was one of the sweetest, most caring people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Even she would have felt bad for for those leaving such horrible comments about such a tragedy.

Words can't even explain the

Words can't even explain the thoughts thats going thru my mind (tear) where a great manager nd friend. Imma always love you RIP Alisha Lee Sellers


There isn't much room on the bridge for walking and if her car was already pulled to the side with emergency lights flashing maybe she was walking around it to look under hood or at a tire?
Makes no difference what! a young woman is dead, a man is tramatized who hit her.
My condolences to her family and friends. so sad an event.

You know, all of you

You know, all of you commenting negatively on here and coming to assumptions, ignorance at it's very best. You should be ashamed of yourselves for being that way. Who knows what really happened. You obviously weren't there when it happened so shut your mouth. Dang man.

walking in the middle of the road

she was looking for her phone that she left on the top of her car. she was the best manager i knew. i worked with her for over years. she will be missed a lot. i love u alisha and u will always be in my heart.

The woman was in the middle

The woman was in the middle of the road in the darkness of night. The speed limit there is 55mph. A body hit at speeds higher than 25 will obtain major injuries including death.

I saw the body

I saw about 15 cops and a firetruck. When they started to let traffic go through, you could see the body wrapped in a white sheet in the middle of the road. Don't know why she was allegedly walking in the middle of the road, but I can't jump to conclusions, about the victim or the guy who hit her.

Rest in peace Alisha, you

Rest in peace Alisha, you were a great manager. We all love you and we'll miss you so much.

Unsafe in Wilmington for pedestrians and cyclists

I just started back riding my bike to work--2-3 times so far.

I was struck on River Road (while in the bike lane) in March of 2011.

It is frightening how dangerous it is to ride a bike or walk here.

Please something! The rest of the progressive communities recognize that walking and cycling are good for the community, health, and the environment.


I'll bet speeding was involved. I have no doubt.

Really you don't think she

Really you don't think she could have just walked out into the road people do things without thinking we should not be so quick to judge try being in the drivers shoes and how he or she feels

And, the likelihood that she

And, the likelihood that she was on the traveled portion of the roadway makes no difference? Let's wait and see what the investigation uncovers before blaming the guy in the truck.


Why does speeding have to be involved? A woman walks out in front of a truck. Sounds like she was the one at fault. I really feel sorry for the man that hit her because he will relive that moment over and over for probably many years to come. A life is lost and an innocent driver will never be the same! Take your snickering somewhere else Guestsnicker!

Was my manager for nearly a

Was my manager for nearly a year and a half loved her :( RIP Alisha

More details needed in order

More details needed in order not to cite this guy. You hit a pedestrian.

She was in the road, where

She was in the road, where CARS and TRUCKS RUN...........does that not make it a little different? Re-read........try once again to comprehend.


I bet someone getting out of their vehicle and walking on the bridge at night...had something to do with it...

Alisha was at the store

Alisha was at the store getting gas, she left her phone on top of her car after pumping. When she left it fell off and she went back to look for it. She unknowingly walked into wrong lane from what I was told. Im sure speed was an issue, and some lighting in that busy area would'nt hurt.She was a wonderful friend and we will miss her very much.

I was there as it was taking place

I won't go into details out of respect for her family. My Deepest Condolences to her family. For the Record, She was no where near Isabel Holmes Bridge or even on a bridge. No one was speeding. No one was under any type of influence. She had her phone in her hand at the time of the accident. Witnesses from another angle seen it in her hand and another seen her trying to pick something up out of the road. One of these two witnesses said it appeared as though she was texting. Of course that didn't make any sense BUT using the light from her phone to locate her ID & Credit (or bank card ) did make sense. This was reported to the officers on the scene but somehow they came to the conclusion she was looking for her phone at the time of the accident. Anyhow I won't go into anymore details I would like for the family to hear it from me personally rather than read it on here.
My Sincere Condolences,