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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are waiting for a woman to get out of the hospital before charging her for two incidents yesterday.

Police have warrants for Christina Maria Marcotte, 59, of Wilmington. Marcotte was admitted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center yesterday after being involved in a traffic a fatality around noon.

Investigators will charge Marcotte with felony death by motor vehicle in the death of Robert Bennett Byrd, 49, of Wilmington. Witnesses told police that Marcotte was driving the SUV that hit Byrd yesterday at the intersection of 4th and Greenfield streets. Byrd, who was riding a bicycle when he was hit, was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and died as a result of his injuries.

Police have also issued a warrant for first degree arson against Marcotte. Investigators believe she set her bedroom on fire yesterday before the crash at 4th and Greenfield streets.

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  • Mr.T

    I didn’t know you sir, but my guess is you were a fine caring person and will be greatly missed by friends and family. I pray that god has opened his arms wide for you and welcomes you. Your accident reminds me of other times when good folks, minding their own business have lost their life to a careless driver while cycling on one of our city streets or highways. I have a sense that when the laws governing bicycle use on streets and highways was enacted, our roads were much less congested and the people operating cars were far less reckless and much more caring of their fellow man. That not being the case today, I would hope that your passing will be of some motivation for city, county and state officials to rethink how greater safety measures can be adopted for cycle use.
    I know how sensitive this issue is to those that enjoy cycling but the truth is cycling on the highways of today has become far too dangerous.


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