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.

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118 Comments on "Woman arrested for fatal hit & run"

2015 years 8 months ago

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.

2015 years 8 months ago

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”.

2015 years 8 months ago

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.

2015 years 8 months ago

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!!!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

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