Woman arrested for fatal hit & run

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Submitted: Mon, 06/17/2013 - 3:59am
Updated: Mon, 06/17/2013 - 3:08pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have arrested a 23-year-old college student and charged her in connection with the death of a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash Thursday night.

WPD’s Traffic Unit arrested Judith Margaret Nemeth Saturday morning and charged her with felony hit and run and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Investigators say she was driving the car that hit and and killed Zachary Paul Tyler, 27, Thursday night on Wrightsville Ave. near Lumina Station.

Last night officers found the car they believe was involved in the crash abandoned near the corner of Marsh Hawk Court and Duck Hawk Court in Wilmington after neighbors noticed a car matching the description and called police.

Police say Nemeth was processed into the New Hanover County detention facility under a $25,000 bond. Booking photo is attached.


  • Guest2020 says:

    As a driver, it is her responsibility to know what her driving lane is and she is responsible for watching out for everything else on the road. Regardless of how the accident happened, she, not the city, chose to leave the scene. She chose to cover her backside instead of looking to see what she hit. She chose to ignore what she hit, knowing that it could have been a human being. She is in the position she is in because of the choices she made. Zachary is in the morgue because of the decisions that she made.

  • Guest2020 says:

    My daughter gives me a pat on the back if I can get through a trip to Wilmington without saying, “I hate driving in Wilmington”.

  • Guest2020 says:

    This “person with a big heart who genuinely cares about people” showed a wanton disregard for human life. Regardless of any other fact, she didn’t even bother to see what she had hit. With the damage to her vehicle that has been described, most people would have at least stopped to make sure it wasn’t a person, but she couldn’t be bothered with that. Holding a person accountable for their choices is not hatred, it’s good, common sense.

  • fisher says:

    i used to see zach riding up and down wrightsville avenue to get to work and he always was respectful of passing cars and traffic laws. it sounds to me like the driver was trying to hide something…maybe she was on drugs or drunk…but i highly doubt it was his fault. ive been hit at wrightsville beach before on a bike and more often than not the auto driver is to blame (not to say some cyclists take unnecessary risks on roads that bikes shouldn’t be on). Zach was a super nice guy and its horrible this happened to him. I HOPE THAT LADY GOES TO JAIL FOR LIFE. RIP ZACH YOU WONT BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!

  • Guest38hater says:

    You should tell Zach’s mom that…her son got hit by some lady and left to die…now that sounds like murder to me and how did the cops “find her car at blah and blah street” if she called it in without making some connection to her. You make me sick i personally knew Zach and he wouldnt leave his worst enemy to die on the side of the road. THIS WOMAN MADE A EXTREMELY LARGE MISTAKE BY LEAVING AND I CANT DISCOUNT THE “MISTAKE” BUT WHEN YOU SCREW UP YOU PAY THE CONSEQUENCES AND SHE SCREWED UP BIG TIME

  • irish1 says:

    Really? … Do you even know what a liberal is? … And do you not see that the comments above don’t have a political affiliation? … Dumb comments like this are why liberals have a strong hold … and why they act so intellectually superior … unfortunately … sometimes they are

  • Guest123123 says:

    Great work by who?? She called in the car and turned herself in. She also did the smart thing for her benefit. Get your parents involved and get your attorney. Who else is going to look out for her ?? The posters here, doubt it.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …providing she wasn’t drinking and only she knows that truth. Leaving the scene of that “accident” to allow that poor man to die in the dirt was an intentional decision, not a mistake! It took her TWO days to turn herslf in. Had to get that blood cleaned out…

    Whatever her reason was for leaving the scene, we’ll likely never know and only she will have to live with that. She knows exactly what she did and why. If she has a conscience, she’ll tell the truth. Otherwise, she has a long, difficult road ahead with a heavy burden to carry!

  • Guest123123 says:

    Looks like she has a few driving infractions the last couple of years. Probably from driving back and forth from Brevard to Wilmington. NO DUI’s

  • Guest111 says:

    The truck driver was drunk. Was this young girl drunk? Was she on drugs? Did the young man pull out in front of her? I haven’t read any answers to any questions. Where did you read your answers to the point you can make such a firm judgement?

  • Guest2020 says:

    If this is concern for our society, then we are certainly doomed.

  • Guest2020 says:

    She showed a wanton disregard for human life. Hitting him may have been a mistake, but leaving him to die like a dog in the street was a choice. So what if she has to live with this the rest of her life, she gets to live. That is more than Zachary gets.

  • deputy 25 says:

    not being crude to your remarks, not being smart or anything, i believe your point you made. but ACCIDENTS DONT HAPPEN, THEY ARE CAUSED.

  • beth says:

    People saying she must have been drinking or texting while driving. People saying this stuff like they were there when they weren’t. People spreading rumors and innuendo without a shred of evidence like a police report are more dangerous than the hit and run driver.

    There are several posts here that say she was driving home from work. While that too is speculative, all speculation other than speculation based on published facts is really not warranted. What she did, if true, is horrible, but it isn’t really fair to toss biases on a already horrible situation. After all, her life is over just as much as the victim. T

  • Guest11111 says:

    Her life is just as over as the victim’s? How is that possible? I’m pretty sure she is still breathing, gets to see her family and friends,etc. I find the comparison between these two “ruined lives” insulting. Sure, she may live with guilt; but it’s the same guilt that didn’t seem to kick in until her car was plastered all over the news. Give me a break. And don’t bother claiming she was scared or I can’t possibly know what she was feeling..that argument is weak. She left this man to die in the road, but managed to get a lawyer. Those are not actions of scared and innocent, but more of some one getting their “I don’t want to go to jail” ducks in a row. She gave herself time to plan for her future, but so neglectfully gave herself the power to decide this man’s fate.

  • Guest-a-holic says:

    Tell us, please, the name of the downtown bar she had just left.

  • Guest123 says:

    Judith all you had to do was STOP, pull yourself together and breath….. when you recognized you had hit this 27 yr old biker. you could have Called for help and stay there comforting this young man till help came. YOU could have helped him instead of leaving him lying there alone to die while you ran and hid!
    If you had stooped and helped you wouldn’t be in the trouble you are in now. Now your life may very well be ovr also. What for?
    Come on people. You have a horrible accident where someone is near death PLEASE stop—try to at the least be with them, comfort them in some way till help arrives. everyone would have been better off for it

  • holymolyezz says:

    1. She will not be eating prison chow…
    2. You sound stupid. It was an accident, she got scared, ran, and turned herself in the next morning. She just wanted to see her family first..
    3. She got bailed out within 4 hours of being in jail, By her Mommy, so I guess her mommy’s money can do her time for her! and she will not be returning to jail.
    It sucks that the kid died, but accidents happen…. She’s a good person. I have had the pleasure of meeting her, and she’s a really nice girl. She regrets what happened more than anything. People get scared, and makes mistakes. She is young, and she didn’t know what to do. It’s a fact of life. She TURNED herself in the following morning. Stop judging people, and situations you know nothing about.

  • See me now says:

    I agree with you Dean, she knew what she was doing. She wanted to get out of trouble.People like her need to be locked up.

  • Guest9743 says:

    I have never seen so many people that are willing to come to the defense of someone who will hit someone with car, leave them in the road to die, hide the car they were driving and finally after 2 or 3 days decide to turn themselves in at the police station and walk on a 25K bond, what a joke!! There’s more to this story than most of us will ever find out about but you can bet the reason she drove off and left this poor guy to die is more than she was just scared. Folks that’s about as low as it gets….and some of the commenters on here try justify hitting a pedestrian or a cyclist and leaving them to die in the road if you’re scared.

  • Guest12345 says:

    These comments, cruel? No. Cruel is hitting someone and leaving them behind to die. She knew what she did was wrong- why else would she run. I hope she gets what she deserves.

  • deputy25 says:

    wake up and smell the crime guest 11!!! if she would have stopped?????????. guilty parties run, because they are drugged out, drunk, no license, scared, it is no excuse. you dont come in 2 days later with an attorney and mama holding your hand whether you are at fault or not. you stay at the scene. i wonder how the other family feels when some punk girl in this case left THEIR CHILD BESIDE THE ROAD LIKE AN ANIMAL???? answer that. mr Tyler did not have his mother holding his hand, an attorney to represent him when he got KILLED and left beside the road to DIE!!!! you liberal bleeding hearts always take up for the defendant!! i am not saying it was her fault, i am saying it was INHUMANE TO LEAVE THIS MAN BESIDE THE ROAD LIKE A PIECE OF TRASH!!!! get it????????

  • deputy 25 says:

    i wonder how she would feel if someone hit her family member and left them beside the road like an animal or a piece of trash??? or if she hit them herself, would she have stopped then??lapse of judgement?? wow , i see everything pointing to her defense whether or not it was her fault. BUT ONE THING FOR SURE, IT WILL ONLY BE HER SIDE OF THE STORY, ZACH IS NOT HERE TO DEFEND HIMSELF, WHO WILL SPEAK FOR HIM AS TO WHAT HAPPENED????? OR DID HE HAVE A LAPSE IN JUDGMENT. geez you bleeding hearts. wake up!!!!! she even lied on her facebook about being a student at UNCW. university of north carolina for the Wild!!

  • windy says:

    “she is truly a great person with a big heart who genuinely cares about people.”

    OKAY … So she hit someone with a car and left them to die on the side of the road because….?

  • Mary says:

    Does anyone stop to think that this girl may have not known she hit a person. Her windshield was shattered. She could of thought she hit a deer. She let the police know the very next day she was going to turn herself in. She was just waiting for her mom. She’s so young and scared. My heart goes out to the young man and his family. Maybe the mother is being so compassionate because she understands it was an accident. The bike lane had ended at the place it occurred. The city needs to take some responsibility for the lack of safe bike lanes in this town.

  • GuestT. says:

    If this girl wasnt drinking, texting or on drugs, for what other reason would she not stop and at least call for help. There is a lot more to this than ‘she was just scared’.

  • another friend says:

    Maybe because she had no idea she hit a person. Never even occurred to her as a possibility until she saw the news and then arranged to turn herself in. Her front window shattered. She thought it was a deer. People always assume the worst of others. You must feel good about yourself up on your high horse judging. There wasn’t even a bike lane where it happened. The bike lane had ended. Maybe the city needs to look at the lack of safe bike lanes for bikers.

  • friend says:

    She had just left work.

  • Guest Tina says:

    Very well said Ashley!!

  • Guest-a-holic says:

    She had just left work? Then she must have been chatting on her cell phone or c h a t t i n g.

  • BrGuest says:

    So, she decided to abandon her vehicle because she thought she had hit a deer?

  • Huggie Bear says:

    Judith I wish you the best of luck. If you can’t do the time you shouldn’t have done the crime. Lots of not so nice people in the big house not to mention that you wont find designer jeans or undergarments as they welcome you home for a while.

  • windy says:

    How could anyone “have no idea” that they hit someone when their window is shattered and a piece of the car is missing? And as for “turning herself in,” I do believe that occurred AFTER the police found her ABANDONED vehicle and were able to trace it to her. If this never made the news and there was no physical evidence linking the killer to this crime, you can bet your bottom dollar she would have never surrendered to authorities!!! Oh but wait, it’s all the city’s fault for not having enough bike lanes!!! Yep, she’s totally innocent in this matter!!

  • John says:

    If she thought she hit a deer why not turn in the Harris Teeter parking lot and look to see the damage etc. She had just pulled into a gas station to buy something why not pull over again and see what she hit.

    Quit defending these actions. Zack may have lived if she had called 911 immediately or got out and performed CPR.

    The only way she could have not known what she hit is if she was looking down at her phone or either to blazed to notice.

    She knows she hit that young man… but was scared of what was to follow….

  • windy says:

    How could anyone “have no idea” that they hit someone when their window is shattered and a piece of the car is missing? And as for “turning herself in,” I do believe that occurred AFTER the police found her ABANDONED vehicle and were able to trace it to her. If this never made the news and there was no physical evidence linking the killer to this crime, you can bet your bottom dollar she would have never surrendered to authorities!!! Oh but wait, it’s all the city’s fault for not having enough bike lanes!!! Yep, she’s totally innocent in this matter!!

  • Guest K says:

    Because mate she didn’t know it was a person she hit idiot. Don’t assume things about people or events that you are not a part of and have no outside knowledge of, besides what the media says.

  • lals says:

    I do not personally know this young lady or young man but I have been praying for her and the victims family. I know that she may have been scared when the accident happened and didn’t know what to do, but this is a human that was hit–you don’t just drive away! if you are in an area that you are unfamiliar with you should call 911 immediately and tell them what happened, if no cell phone available you should pull into a public place and ask to use their phone and call 911.

  • Guest88 says:

    Doesn’t she work at a bar?

  • Bambi says:

    A Deer..in front of Harris Teeter in Wrightsville Beach..really? That’s what you’re going with? Where exactly do you live that deer can be seen routinely running into a busy shopping center? Living in the country I’ve hit my fair share of deer. Not once did I keep driving. When you hit something that big, you stop to check for damage. I might not agree with the “she was scared and didn’t know what to do” theory, but I can see it happening. The deer theory…..come on now.

  • JTF says:

    The truth of the matter is that if you hit something with your car, you stop and see what it is. To think that she hit something that destroyed the front end of the car, breaking the windshield and did not stop to check on what happened is ridiculous. She ran someone over and left them there to die. It sucks for her but, believe me, it sucked a lot worse for Zachary and his family. She needs to face the music and serious jail time for making a very poor decision…

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …pull over after they’ve had impact with a dumb animal! Any driver with a 2nd grade education knows you need a police report so that the insurance will pay for the damage. Geeeez….

    Sorry, but this gal had some serious reason for not stopping and YOU know that as well as she does. The damage to her car was extensive. If she has any remorse at all, she’ll just come clean and tell the investigators why she didn’t stop. Otherwise, this will haunt every waking and sleeping hour she has for the remainder of her life!!! I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be her, living a lie like this!

  • Guest1962 says:

    “She thought it was a deer”….so have a least a dozen people I know. Those people: got out to see what happened to their vehicle, didn’t hide their vehicle on a corner and certainly didn’t feel the need to call a lawyer.
    She may not have hit the guy maliciously, but anyone would have stopped and looked at their car…..ANYONE.

  • Guest2345 says:

    I know this girl personally and she should have known better and stopped regardless because a couple of years ago her own father was involved in a hit and run while he was riding his bicycle home from work one night and he almost died. Thankfully in his situation somebody found him laying in the middle of the road and called 911. He was in the hospital for a very long time and to this day he still has trouble remember who people are. She should have known better than to flee the scene, especially after seeing what happened to her father when he was the bicyclist that got hit. I feel for Zachary’s family and I’m sure she does as well, having been through this kind of situation before.

  • Karen123 says:

    I actually see a lot of deer in that area’ especially at night. Lots of woods around Landfall. I saw a deer on military cut off and one on a road a block away from Harris Teeter in front of Wendy’s.

  • Guest000000 says:

    Haha, are you some sort of ultra-religious survivalist? THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING. you should think about leaving your house every so often, maybe talk to real people instead of posting on here.

  • Guest454778 says:

    Yeah, all people who work at bars and restaurants must be drunk on the job. Wow. The level of ignorance demonstrated in these assumptive, closed-minded, and judgmental comments is shocking. What no one realizes is this girl will punish herself way more than you or the family-or even the courts. Good people make horrible mistakes when they are in shock. My heart goes out to both families and the girl.She’s a young, impulsive human being who is probably feeling so guilty and distraught. This does not mean I don’t care and empathize with the young man’s family and unspeakable loss.

  • Guestnutz says:

    Look at the bright side…WPD didn’t storm in a home with their guns blazing. She was booked without a black eye. Kudos WPD!

  • cgwm says:

    We will never know if she was drunk or on drugs, because she hit him then left. HINT: Hit and run! And these people get their answers from hmmmmmm let’s see common sense. She left the scene, and she abandoned her car. There is no excuse!!!! If she had nothing to hide she should have stayed and helped this guy and she wouldn’t be in this mess now. She obvisiously didn’t learn anything from her Fathers’s accident. And if anyones mentions that she wasn’t drunk because she had just left work. What does that mean?? People drink at work sneeking it or however they can, I’ve worked at plenty of resturants where the employees get drunk during work. Who knows what her deal was but anyway you look at the situation she is in the wrong bc she left the scene unless you are too stupid to figure that out.

  • Guest38 says:

    So many accusations based on so few facts. The media makes this look so biased, as usual, because who would read it if it wasn’t? She called her car in, she turned herself in. She wasn’t drunk, she was coming home from work. Granted, she should have stopped but my God people flock to tragedy like hyenas. This wasn’t a planned killing, this was a terrified college student who had a major lapse in judement during a situation that would scare the living daylihts out of anyone. Don’t treat it like it was a premeditated murderer, treat it like it was an incredibly unfortunate accident that could have happened to anyone driving on this dangerous road at nighttime

  • JTF says:

    Look, everyone here would be scared if they hit something at night that did a lot of damage to the car, but that is no excuse to leave the scene knowing it could have been a person. Bike lane or no bike lane, you must yield to the one not surrounded by 1.5 tons of metal. It doesn’t matter whose fault the accident was now that she ran. She assumed all responsibility when she decided to leave him there. I’m sure she was a great person but I hope she gets punished severely for killing that man.
    Look at it this way: A 23 year old UNCW student runs over and kills a young woman riding home from work. He left the her there at the scene and ditched the car because he was scared. Two days later, his parents and an attorney call the police department to negotiate his surrender and he is later released on $25,000 bond. Would you feel the same for a man that committed the same crime? Would you have sympathy for him because he was so young and scared and thought he might of hit a deer?

  • Munny says:

    I can’t believe anyone would actually stick up for that girl. She did a horrible thing, and left my friend in the road to die. Miss ya, buddy.

  • Guest999999 says:

    Actually it did happen. Someone hit her father on his bicycle one night on his way home from his business, and they left him to die in the road. It was a sad situation, but he survived. That makes it extra hard to understand why she handled the situation the way she did. Such a horrible tragedy.

  • Scott Pickey says:

    Guest38: If you would, please show me where we made ANY accusations not based on facts – because if we did, that hurts our credibility and I won’t stand for that.


    Scott Pickey
    News Director
    WWAY NewsChannel 3

  • Guest1914 says:

    I know this young lady personally, and trust me designer jeans and undergarments are the leat of her worries. You can’t possibly come to understand how guilty she feels, as she should. It was an awful thing that happened and she shouldn’t have left but she is not heartless, and she will never be the same after this. She made a mistake and will live with the regret and sorrow and guilt she feels everyday from here on out. I pray for her family as I know them very well and also for his, and hope with all that I have that they will find some way to continue without him. People, feel free to voice your opinions but remember that you don’t know her, the media gets things wrong and so does she. Leaving was a VERY bad move but she knows that and regrets it more than you can know.

  • Guest19966 says:

    Do not throw stones unless you have not sinned. And I highly doubt you are perfect, because you are currently spreading lies.

  • Guest38 says:

    I meant the commentators, not the original story, sorry that I didn’t specify that.

  • The Warden says:

    You made a life changing decision that night, and yes a jury of your peers will hold you accountable.
    I hope you enjoy eating prison chow your days of eating chicken mcnuggets and getting to do all the rest of the fun things im certain that this young man that YOU KILLED also enjoyed doing are over just like how you made that choice for this young fella. Sorry Judith mommy can’t do the time for ya.

  • Christy says:

    I didn’t see any accusations not based on fact. You just stated the facts. What happened, who was charged and for what. I didn’t hear ANY accusations….Somebody just running their mouth….I am sure you see that way too often…They want to know the news but then want to criticize when it’s published….

  • lonetraveler says:

    According to the article neighbors in the area where her car was abandoned called police but in the comments, she called police and told them where the car was and turned herself in. So, which is correct? Police say she is a UNCW student, the college states that she isn’t. She is from Brevard but working here too? Where was she living? Was she allowed by police to wait eight hours for her mother to arrive before coming in? How about the reporter give a corrected update on this case?

  • concerned for our society says:

    Do you all not have anything better to do other then berate this girl. Jesus. You all have no lives. Why don’t you pray for the families of the tragedy instead of talk crap constantly. Everybody judging here needs to take a moment and look at yourselves.

  • Guest28 says:

    This is a tragedy for both of the families. Fact is she contacted authorities yesterday coming forward, told them where her car was and informed them she would be turning herself in when her mother who lives 8 hours away arrived. There is no excuse for fleeing the scene. She took the steps yesterday morning by contacting authorities to allow the family to begin to heal. The speculation of truth and distorted facts do not aid in this process.

  • Guest 683949 says:

    Well, 1.) Can’t be so judgemental on what happened. In the situation it was dark. So say what if the driver was drunk? Or what if the bicyclist was drunk? We don’t quite know. Since it was dark, maybe if the bicyclists was by the road and he was hardly noticeable. Maybe the driver wasn’t looking. Don’t quite know. I feel very sorry for the loss of Zachary. I give all my love to the mother. Also, I know the drivers family. They are great people. The driver did not mean for any of the stuff to happen at all. And also the father of the driver had been in a bike accident. He ended up with a very bad head injury, but managed to gain his memory back. And of course it was a rough time. They have a big and strong family. And I know its going to be rough for the family of the driver and rough for the mom of Zachary. But I know that the family and the driver feel so bad about this situation and wish it never happened. The family has young kids that I know wish this never happened. And I know they will be there for there sister. I wish that the mother and the driver and her family make through this peacefully.

  • Guest38 says:

    AGAIN I was speaking about the comments people had left, not the original news story published

  • Guest Reply says:

    Hey Scott…how about interviewing this lady like you did Brian Berger months ago…the “In Your Face” kinda interview. That would make for a good video…Ya think?

  • JustBeingHonest says:

    Easy for you to make that statement. Was it your INOCENT CHILD that was TRAGICLY KILLED as he rode his bike home then left to DIE ALONE?!!! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
    Judith belongs behind bars not free on bail to possibly KILL again!!!

  • GuestME says:

    You say she called her car in and turned herself in? When was that? Sorry, even if she did, she hit a cyclist and left him there to die in the road. NOTHING makes up for that.

  • Guest123 says:

    Hitting the man was an accident, leaving the scene was a crime. This young lady is not the victim.

  • Justsayininnc says:

    How is this young woman any better than the truck driver who hit and run that little girl getting off the school bus in Sampson County a few weeks ago? A life is a life, both were taken by people who valued their freedom more than the life they took…

  • PublicAvenger says:

    Another professional job, by the WPD.

  • Guest666 says:

    Cradle to womb???? Might want to do a little research, here. Another Conservative with superior intelligence.

  • 6381 says:

    She turned herself in….lots of high-tech police work here.

  • Guest1118 says:

    Look around at the popular culture. Look at the way people dress. Hear the “music” they listen to (yes, I know that baby boomers’ parents didn’t like much of ours either), look at schools and the lack of good education to the expense of teaching “diversity” and man-made global warning, look at the idiots in charge who expel little boys for having toy guns….the whole culture is rotten to the core. There are millions of low-info voters who vote for candidates who promise them free stuff, who care more about sleazy personalities like the Karwhatevers. So I am not surprised ONE BIT.

  • Dean (910 Spoked) says:

    SHE KILLED SOMEBODY!!!! It’s a huge deal and she didnt even have the decency to stop!! She was scared?!? If you hit a human being and knew it, I don’t think running would be the first thing you do, unless you’re trying not to get in trouble!

  • Guest23 says:

    You must be a liberal. From cradle to the womb you make excuses and concessions for people. This is murder.

  • Guest111 says:

    My gosh these remarks are so cruel to this girl and NO ONE knows the facts of what happened. She should not have left the scene but the young man may have been at fault, too. Riding a bike at night is dangerous to the inth degree and we don’t know if he went out in front of her, if he lost his balance or if she drove off the road to hit him in a bike lane. Regardless of who is at fault it’s a tragedy. Why not wait till the police reconstruct the accident before you place total blame on her and accuse her of drinking, doing drugs, talking on the phone or texting at the time of the accident. Calm down and wait for the facts when the police are ready to give them out. Don’t you honestly think this girl is suffering right now? If I had hit someone, whether I was drunk or sober, I think I would be devastated. I have a friend who hit a guy on a bike years ago. She was found not at fault but to this day she still talks about it and cries when she remembers that night.

  • cgwm says:

    If you don’t like it then don’t read it. The only thing I’ll pray for is this innocent guy the she left to die family and I’ll pray that justice will be served. She deserves it. Did you see her car? If she did not realized what happened then she is just plain stupid!!!!!!!

  • Guest1991 says:

    She is a great girl, always has been… She made a terrible mistake. I cry for the loss of his life and that she left the scene but that does not make her some satanic creature. She will live with this forever, whether she’s behind bars or not.

  • 435626 says:

    While this girl “suffers” she has people around to support her and help her through this. The REAL victim, had to die alone on the side of the road because she didn’t have decency to own up at the most crucial moment. She wouldn’t be facing half of the criticism she’s receiving now if she just stopped. Her parents must have bought her way into UNCW because any educated person can put that logic together. Here’s to everyone getting away with horrible crimes!!! YOLO!!

  • Guestsuzanne says:

    Are you kidding!!! She left him to die in the road.I’am so sick of people blaming people who ride a bike after dark.So I get on my bike and ride after dark it my fault if I get killed!Well what about if I ride my bike in the early morning like the Father and son on river road!Oh my fault that when people in cars might still be drunk from that night and still tryin to get to home!!!My fault!!! GET REAL SHE KILLED A PERSON THAT WAS COMING HOME FROM HIS JOB!!! IF IT WAS HIS FAULT SHE SHOULD HAD NO REASON TO RUN!!!!!!!

  • 1SG America says:

    Your comment on this person having a Big Heart and genuinely cares for people. Then she would have stopped and tried to help this person. I am not sure how you say a Killer cares for people, who runs over someone and then drives away and leaves them to Die. Please…

  • Ashley Tyler says:

    My brother was not drunk, he was happy and on his way home from work to his family. Yes, it was dark, as it was night time, but so what? He had reflectors on his bike. This girl apparently works on the beach, knows the area is swarming with bicyclists. Zack and the driver stood in the gas station line together, him in front of her. So him being on a bike, paid for his things and made it no more than 2 blocks down the road, ALWAYS IN DESIGNATED BIKE LANES, before she’s done and going so fast in that short distance to knock parts of her car off impacting my brothers body. Up to this point my heart would go out to her, accidents happen, my family knows that all too well, but her next decisions have hardened any sympathy or compassion I can feel for what suffering she may be dealing with. There was not one tire mark in the road in the 30+ feet of orange accident markings on the road. Not one sign that she hit the brakes even ONCE. So what would someone do after hitting a 230 pound man? STOP AND HELP THE ONE YOU’VE HURT! But no. She left my baby brother on the side of the road to die. I understand her being scared, but that is no excuse for running, ditching the car, and making sure she had her mommy and lawyer coming before she turned in. Was SHE drunk? Did she need the 2 days to get her system clean? I just don’t understand how anyone in their right mind could do what she did to another human being. This is an all around horrible tragedy but like I said, I’m not sympathetic to her. I feel for her family and the trauma from this and her fathers accident, but we also LOST OUR FATHER to the same accident that has now taken Zack. He was my children’s world, and they are devastated. His dogs are even howling on his things. So trust me, we ALL wish this had never happened. My mother has to bury her baby boy. Reunited with our daddy for Father’s Day, the nine years since his accident all relived in 3 days. My mother is a gracious forgiving woman. Me, not so much. So tell the family to hug her tight, at least they still have her to hug. I only hope to get my chance to speak in court.

  • Guest111111 says:

    Yes it’s something she’s going to have to live with, but AT LEAST SHE’S ALIVE. He may have lived had she taken the time consideration and care for another human life to stop her car and call for help. Every action after the accident was of pure selfishness. To be more concerned with her own state, what would happen to HER, is a dispicable trait to possess, especially in regards to human life. I couldn’t imagine hitting someone like that, causing that damage, and not stopping my damn car or at least calling 911. Why did she get the option of running for her life, getting her mom, when that poor man didn’t. Maybe he was wishing his mom was with him too when he lay there alone probably not even realizing what had happened. May she get what she deserves. Be it through the courts, or tortured by her own selfish ways.

  • df_formerkatysbtendr says:

    If you only knew this girl, which I do very well, then you’d know that she is truly a great person with a big heart who genuinely cares about people. There is not a single person on here that knows all the facts of what happened and any hatred spewed is that of pure ignorance. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the guy killed, but also remember that she has to live with this for the rest of her life. People make mistakes, some worse than others, but we all do. I think, if you’re a good hearted person, both families and she should be in your prayers. Dont be hateful, there’s enough of that in this world

  • Guest2020 says:

    The city didn’t choose to leave the scene of the accident. Bike lanes or not, when a person gets behind the wheel of a car he/she has the responsibility of keeping alert and watching out for others on the road.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Her father being injured in a similar accident just makes her actions worse. After what she and her family went through, she should have had even more compassion for her victim. Instead, she abandoned him with a wanton disregard for human life. For all we know, Zachary might still be alive had she lifted one little finger to help him or to at least call for help Her family is lucky in that her father survived. Thanks to her, Zachary’s family doesn’t have that luxury.

    According to the victim’s family there were no skid marks. She hit him just two blocks from the gas station where she had stopped. How fast was she going if a cyclist caused that much damage to her car? Whether or not she meant for the accident to happen is now a moot point. It is what she did after the accident which as people understandably angry. What is it she did after the accident that has people so up in arms? Nothing. That is what she did–absolutely nothing.

  • Guestyyyy says:

    There is a lot more blame to smear around. Speaking in broad generalizations, as is common on this site, I believe the whole community has a part in the blame for the Wilm. drivers that often: Ignore road rules in favor of their own needs, drive too close, pass on the right, or drive slow in the left lane,encouraging others to pass on the right,don’t let people that indicate a need to turn,in a lane in front of them (probably why a lot of people drive in the left lane in first place).The list is SO much longer but you know what you do out there!!I have never seen such discourteous driving anywhere else I’ve been. The point of blame is, if you drive you are role model for the younger drivers!!
    This person who killed a bicyclist may not fit any of the examples I listed, but this tragedy should, at the very least, serve as a wakeup call to all Wilm., drivers to do better with the driving privilege.

  • Guest987123 says:

    She isn’t from around here, she hid from police, she abandoned the murder vehicle, she didn’t turn herself in… Yeah, she sounds like a model citizen and should be let go without bond.

  • Guest123123 says:

    Wrong she is from Brevard . Last time I looked that is in nc. Actually has address here and has job. There is no reason to believe that she would not show up at court. Already attained private attorney. Unless she is a habitual drunk driver not a threat to public at large. Get up to speed ln how things work

  • Guest000000 says:

    also she did turn herself in. Wish people would know what the f*** they’re talking about before they spread gossip like little children

  • Nyasas says:

    God bless both families for what they are facing. It’s a horrible accident. I’m sure it could have been avoided somehow. Obviously she made mistakes and both parties are paying horrible prices and one paying the ultimate price. Whatever the truth of the incident is I pray she has the courage and strength to face it. Maybe somehow someway she can have something to offer that will prevent future incidents from happening and will save lives and honor him as best as she can.

  • Roaddog12345 says:

    This person with this reply really sucks. Your an idiot. You really waste your time posting this on different media outlets. AWESOME POST. . . You really make a difference when you leave something like this

  • Guest000000 says:

    aw someone’s bitter about their college days :'( :'( …. take it out on someone else. you clearly know nothing about the situation.

  • Guest8967967 says:

    No excuses! This girl is an idiot. She probably thinks because she’s a pretty, young college student that somehow things will smooth over. If you hit someone, you know it. Be a decent human being and do what you can to help. I hope she suffers many sleepless nights and gets punished to the full extent of the law. You can say bye bye to UNCW sweetie! Did you have fun doing AWESOME shooters with your AWESOME friends?! I’d bet money you were drunk or high. My sympathy goes out to the family. Our community has your back. As for the girl, MOVE!! We don’t need killers on our streets, real talk.

  • Guest1992 says:

    Wow. You are not making the situation better. She made a mistake and she will pay for it. But hold your pitchforks, you are not helping anyone. Humans make mistakes, especially scared youths. My prayers go out to his family, but stop spreading false rumors and making the situation worst. It’s a tragedy, let his family mourn and just offer prayers- not hate.

  • no understanding says:

    I just wanted to comment on how immature I found that whole statement to be. Sure it was awful that she didn’t stop to call or help the person she hit, but you were not there when the whole accident happened. She’s a very young girl and that happening would have startled me too as well. Everyone on this earth makes mistakes. Some are more awful than others but you should always be willing to forgive someone. You don’t know what was running through her head, you don’t know what’s going on in her life, you don’t know anything about her. She didn’t intentionally murder anyone. It was a terrible thing, and it is awful to lose a family member as well. Her life will be tough no matter what and she doesn’t need people like you to drag her down more. She needs to be encouraged and loved as well as the family that this tragedy happened to because there is long, hard, and tormenting times ahead for both parties. Don’t assume so much. Be more understanding of everyone’s perspective and be more open to people. There should only be love, support, and help towards both sides of this equation.

  • drd1881 says:

    You certainly have no idea who you’re talking about because i know this girl personally and she is a good person who made an irrational and horrific decision in a state of panic. The girl i know genuinely loves people and i would never wish what you said upon anyone. Wanna know why? Because I, like her, am a good person and what you’re saying is whats wrong with this world. People make mistakes, some worse than others, but your hatred is just the prime example of a person who comes to conclusions without knowing all the facts. If you knew her you’d understand, but you dont, so you should watch what you say. Now my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the guy who was killed, but in the lords eyes, everyone is given the right to be forgiven. You should think twice about the way you speak of someone you dont know, cause you never know who might read it. Have a great day and keep being a perfect person because apparently you’ve never made a mistake.

  • Guesttigercat says:

    That facebook post was another girl in England posting about hitting a bike rider, not the local accident that killed the bike rider.
    I,m certain this local college student was scared to death after
    her accident. The facebook post bike rider only had minor injuries

  • Guest User says:

    On her facebook she posted a normal old comment (via mobile) Thursday night at 9:14pm. Reckless and sad.

  • Guest3421 says:

    Got the link to her page?

  • Guest3839 says:

    The accident happened at 10:45 at night. The status was posted while she was at work, not driving, so I don’t see your point besides trying to make this story more dramatic

  • Guest Tina says:

    Everyone is talking like this was a young kid that didnt know right from wrong……she is 23 years old for goodness sake. Way old enough to know right from wrong. I feel pretty sure she knew what she was doing when she ran and that it was wrong. what a coward she is. And if she really did turn herself in, I feel sure its because she knew she was caught when the car was found and had no way out.

  • Guest000000 says:

    pretty sure someone of any age is capable of not being very clear headed in a state of panic. 23… 63… Who cares. I know her and she is genuinely one of the most caring people I know.

  • Kona says:

    The charge would be felony death by motor vehicle, the alcohol would just change it from a misdemeanor to a felony. In order for it to be murder she would have to have the intent to hit him. If there was malicious intent to hit him then it would be murder and then it would be first degree if she planned it and second degree if it was considered a “heat of passion (also known as in the moment)kill.”

    I might be wrong on this. If so feel free to correct me.

  • Guest cc says:

    If she was drunk at the time and was caught at the scene would it have been a murder charge?

  • TiredCitizen says:

    Bravo Zulu to the WPD Traffic Unit! Nice work!

  • tina mcallister says:

    her bond to low to have killed sumbody.smh

  • Guest123123 says:

    There are several factors in determining bond. First is she likely to be a danger to the public if out, likely hood of her showing up for her court date and of course the crime committed.

  • droppy says:

    I hope someday someone runs her down and takes off, leaving her on the side of the road to die. Let’s see how she would feel if the situation were reversed.

  • guest8819 says:

    probably wouldn’t feel much assuming she died, but I applaud your brash uninformed opinion maybe she was being completely reckless and is all to blame, maybe not. Should she have stayed and tried to get help, with out a doubt. However in this situation there are so many potential variables that could influence the situation with two parties being involved and one now deceased we will never know his side of the story. I am so sorry to him and his family and I do not approve of the way the situation was handled but what are who are we to spew out judgement without knowing the all the details.

  • windy says:

    According to the NHCSO website, she is no longer in jail. Gotta love our legal system …

  • Guest suzanne says:

    Are you kidding I seen people get more bond for stealing.That is a slap in the face to this family of the young man ran over and left in the road to die.I hope she see his face every time she closes her eyes.And for the people out there making excuses for her leaving I guess you would do just what she done!I would not leave a dog or any animal in the road if I hit one.25,000 bond really blows my mind!That is a crying shame!

  • Guestk says:

    Notice how more and more of these killers are let loose on bail? They ditch the murderer weapon(car)…sleep it off…and can’t be charged wirh murderer because it’s not “real time” arrests.

  • droppy says:

    Trying to hide something she doesn’t want the authorities to find, perhaps???

  • Guest96756235 says:

    What I find immature is driving away when you just KILLED SOMEONE!!! Oh, the poor sweet little girl. Life will be so difficult for her! You’re right, I wasn’t there. If I was, I would have CALLED FOR HELP and not let the man die without someone there to at least comfort him. It’s not like she just backed into a parked car..oops. She may not have hit him intentionally, but she intentionally drove away. Your argument is invalid.

  • Guesty7812 says:

    I hit someone on a bike when I was younger, the person rode out in front of me. Scared the **** out of me. Still, I left my car in the middle of the road to hold up traffic, called 911, and did everything I was supposed to do. Didn’t have anything to hide.

  • Guest867 says:

    We were told my brother was hit around 10..the fact that you seem to know what time she was at work leads me to believe you must be a friend of hers? I don’t care where she was up until she stood behind Zack in the store, stood there buying her blunt wraps while he pedaled away towards home from his job, he made it no more than 2 blocks away by the time she managed to pick enough speed in that same distance to hit my brother so hard that she left thick plastic light covers from her car behind! I sat out there where he was hit, there was not a single tire mark in the road, not one sign that she even reacted as my 230 pound brother took her bumper and side panel with him on his way down. So sorry, but there’s really no way someone making a comment about what they observed in THEIR search for why this happened is going to make this story any more dramatic. This girls decisions have made this one of the most dramatic and tramatic experiences for my family. She SHOULD HAVE STOPPED. HE WAS BREATHING WHEN SHE CONTINUED ON DOWN THE DAMN ROAD. The fact that she’s out on bond makes my stomach churn. My family knows of forgiveness, we understand accidents happen, but leaving him there and hiding for 2 days is disturbing and was not what she should have done.

  • Guestter says:

    Let me correct myself there..he was hit before 10, was found and pronounced dead by 10:15. Who knows how long he laid there before the man who attempted CPR stopped. So 9:14 updating fb and within the hour committing a hit and run. I was told she was buying blunt wraps, must’ve left in a hurry to get to her buzz. I wonder if she left my brother to die and went and got stoned? I’m heartbroken and disgusted.

  • Water dad says:

    Where are all these new “facts” comming from? Where was it reported that she was driving from work? How do you know she called the police and turned herself in? Her low bond would lead me to guess that her call was to a lawyer. Also enough with the ” she is just a young girl” bs. There are girls younger than her in the military. She is d enough to know to stop. I don’t know that she is a bad person but she caused some ones death then refused to aid them. She put her own well being above aiding the person she hit. She left him dying in the road. She will have to live with that. . I feel sorry for her just as I do every one involved.

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