Police: Woman killed in crash ran red light

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Submitted: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 2:16pm
Updated: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 8:40pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead after a crash near the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge that shut down traffic Sunday night.

Wilmington Police say the crash happened at about 9:09 p.m. at the intersection of S. 3rd Street and Wooster Street. Police say Shelby Lynn Hughes, 20, died in the accident.

Investigators believe Hughes was heading south on 3rd Street when she ran the red light and was hit by another vehicle heading west on Wooster. EMS took Hughes to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she died.

The two people in the other vehicle also went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation continues.


  • i was one of the frst people to meet her when she moved to the beach she was a wonderfull person and would do anything for anyone we had a great friendship no matter wat was going on if u were around her u were happy we enjoyed every minute together never not once diss agreed on anything she is verry much mist and always remembered i love u shelby rip i think of u everyday

  • ebony says:

    She ran the light and I saw it. She followed someone else who ran it but she was the ones who got hit. She was in the wrong. Tragic that’s why the old lady wasn’t charged and the old lady had her grand baby in the car. Rip shell….

  • guesty says:

    Yes, that is an issue because the other person involved in the wreck that is still alive. If it turns out Ms. Hughes did not run the red light, that means the other driver did and needs to be charged with the death of Ms. Hughes.

    Use your head for more than a place to keep a hat.

  • Hannah Bennett says:

    I live in georgia were shelby was born and raise. we were best friends from 6th grade to 11th then she moved to north carolina. till the day she was killed we still talked. theres not a day that goes by that i dont think of her, she was my best friend for life and no one can replace her. i cant stress enough how hard this hit me when i got the news that day. from what ive heard of the street is that it is hard to see the light, and especially at night time. from what i have heard this isnt the only time a wreck like this has occured on this street, hint the name cape fear memorial bridge, so dont you think that the mayor or whoever it may concern to get this fixed and maybe it would save more lifes? im very furious at this because it could have been provented from happening because i know the locals have complained about this light for a while now but nothing has been changed to it. so i want to get a protest going, or talk to someone in the wilimington area that has to do with traffic to please get this fixed. it is not right that a 20 yr old mother, daughter, fiernd, etc or anyone for this matter has to die or even get hurt because of a situation that can be fixed. therefore, they sould fix this light or maybe put up an extra light so before you get to the light coming down wooster it can warn you that it is green or red. please please please do something to fix it, anythinhg because what has happened is not right.

  • RJ says:

    Shelby was a beautiful person with a soul and spirit to match. He warm smile, friendly attitude and touch of sas, made the morning stop at McDonalds for my pre-work beverage something I looked forward to. EVERY TIME I pulled to the window and saw her, I felt lighter. Her name tag read, “The One & Only Shel”, and it fit her PERFECTLY. Thank you young lady, you will be missed and thought of every time I pass or visit a McDonalds….

  • eric poteet says:

    Shelby Hughes mother of one. Her son turns 1 years old on 2 weeks amazing woman 20 years old lives Carolina beach

  • anne says:

    It is so sad that a young life is snuffed out so early in life. It is even sadder that she died because she could not stop at a red light and that decision resulted in her death.

    People need to stop and think for one moment. Is that moment of time that you think you are saving worth yours or someone else’s life? The answer is NO

  • Toni Morrison says:

    Shelby, you will be greatly missed. Every one keep your heads up.

  • Evenson says:

    Shelby was such a genuinely caring person. She was beautiful, brilliant, and all around this lovely young woman that got along with almost anyone. I had a class with her a few years back. Not only did she always find a way to make everybody laugh, but she personally gave me the best advice. She was a great mother, you could tell by the way she looked at her son that she would do anything for him. Everyone here is completely devistated that this could happen to someone so young. Everyone is remembering the last time they saw her, and it’s scary. Shelby was this amazing young woman and mother. Rest in peace Shelby. We love you

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  • guesty says:

    As long as the red light camera was working, if she was going South on 3rd and ran the light there should be pictures of it and will either confirm or disprove the running the red light.

  • Guest, Just Another says:

    Really? You're thought is to prove or disprove? Do you really think thats an issue? You're an idiot.

  • tweety11 says:

    ANNE YOU ARE A STRANGE AND VERY DISTURBED INDIVIDUAL snuffed out its her fault that she ran a red light.Most drivers have run a redlight not by choice but things happen.A young life is gone and a child without a mother.When something tragic happens in your life let the public know and then maybe you will understand how cruel words can be.

  • Eric poteet says:

    No one asked you

  • waffles20 says:

    Uhh I see nothing wrong with what that person wrote. If anything it’s just a simple reminder for all of us that nothing is that important to to risk your life. via a redlight, texting, or whatever. While it’s a time of mourning, people can also use it as a time to reflect and realize how precious and delicate life is and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibilities

  • Guest23 says:

    I have to agree with you 100%, I really regret that the young lady lost her life but there are habitual red light runners and they put all our lives in jeopardy, if the local law enforcement would get off their cell phones and start watching these lights you’d see a lot more people making an attempt to stop for them.

  • Shelbyyy says:

    Shelbyy i miss you sooo much and i know that sweet baby boy misses his mommy too! But i know your watching over him and keeping him safe! You were such a kind hearted and beautiful person! You always had a smile on your face and nade sute everyone.around you were smiling also! everyone pray fot her family i know she was very close to her family and i know they miss her dearly! Love you.shebs!!!! Rest in piece sweet girl!

  • Dustin wells says:

    I grew up with Shelby she was always such a living person.. This world just lost such a beautiful person.. Love you Shelby !!!

  • Harry Gee says:

    We seniors here at McDonalds will miss that pretty smile and good humor every morning. R.I.P.

  • Ricky says:

    All of the workers here at McDonalds will miss her too. More than she will ever know Shelby you know we love you hun Rest in paradisa.

  • thinking of you says:

    Wondering if the local news had thought of investigating this DANGEROUS intersection?

    Are there clearly visable warning signs on the bridge warning that there is a red light over the hill and to please SLOW DOWN. The speed limit there is 35 mph. Was the other car speeding? And if so, it makes you wonder would this young lady still be alive today?

    I urge everyone to please press the local news and authorites to investigate this.

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