Wilmington woman facing several charges for hitting, killing moped driver


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Submitted: Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:11pm
Updated: Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:18pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman faces several charges after police say she hit and killed a man on a moped and drove off before calling dispatchers to turn herself in.

Wilmington Police say it happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Market Street. That’s where officers say Stephanie Wells, 22, hit a man on a moped. Officers say they found Michael J. Rankin on the side of the road there, dead.

Police say witnesses saw Wells drive away from the scene where she hit Rankin, but officers say she later called 911 to report the crime and turn herself in. Wells is charged with death by motor vehicle, hit and run and DWI.

79 Comments

  • angel malpass says:

    Sorry for your loss. I know a few out here in the country. Some have past and some so they can survive more efficiently. My nephew at 16 drove one from maple hill to Currie just to see his girlfriend. Now wife. Now I would not mind one but. I drive a tractor mowing the roadside and I have been almost hit plenty. Its a shame. Just slow down and save a life.

  • wendy rankin says:

    he was walking his scooter so get your storey straight

  • wendy says:

    I am the sister of Michael james rankin who did the right thing by walking and not driving…Stephanie chose to drive intoxicated so this is all her fault and I have no compassion for her may God never forgive her

  • wendy rankin says:

    Could you please find me the da number

  • Guest2020 says:

    So, because she has only had minor offenses in her history she should get off, and Michael deserved to die because he had a DWI conviction thirteen years ago? Would she be more guilty of killing a person with no criminal history?

  • Just a thought says:

    What happened when we didn’t point fingers and let God decide what’s wrong and to judge the decisions of things that happen. Whether she or he is at fault or both we should not be pointing there will be a time when ever human will have to come forward to be judged let’s not do it now and just live and heal or lives are to short now to have the hate we carry in our hearts

  • guest123123 says:

    Her defense attorney will bring up her spotless past minus two infractions that were dismissed. The victim was in his 40’s and who knows how many times he got into a vehicle and drove after consuming alcohol. He was on a moped for a reason. No one would probably insure him with his awful driving record.

  • C.C. Schenk says:

    really need to educate yourself…you don’t lose your lisence for 13 years for a dui.

  • Vog46 says:

    I have always felt that there should be MILLIONS of mopeds and scooters on the roads. Not because there are millions of drunks but because they are fun, economical means of transportation. When mopeds become numerous – too numerous to ignore then automobile drivers MAY become a little more attuned to their presence.
    Based upon what I’m reading here and on news stories prior – it seems that moped drivers are stigmatized as drunken, irresponsible people with prior DU and DWI convictions. When this stigma is overcome, THEN Moped drivers may get the consideration they deserve.
    License? Insurance for mopeds? Go for it! Anything that gets them MORE street legal and MORE popular and brings MORE drivers to the table (road)is OK by me.
    Our love affair with the automobile has totally blinded us to other means of transportation that are used world wide.
    When you see Mopeds on rainy road and the drivers drenched, then we’ll finally realize our acceptance of them. Much like today when you see motorcycle drivers in the rain – THEY have finally been accepted as mainstream Americana, and used daily.
    Give Mopeds the same serious consideration you give motorcycles when on the road. Unfortunately, in this case, the auto driver was drunk and the victim COULD very well have been on a full sized motorcycle with the same result.
    Not all moped drivers are “drunks” the same way that not all motorcycle drivers belong to Hells Angels. Lets get over our own misconceptions.

    Vog

  • guest578634 says:

    What was her bond set at? Was it secured or unsecured? Is she still in jail?

  • Lulz says:

    If he hadn’t had the DUI, chances are his life would have been different, he would probably have been driving a car and this accident may not have ever happened.

    I got into an accident with my car once, and I wasn’t able to afford a new car for a while, even after the insurance company totaled my car and paid me what it was worth. I ended up losing my job because I couldn’t make it into Wilmington from Wallace without my car. I got a new job in Wallace, and I was introduced to my current wife. If I hadn’t gotten into that accident and lost my job, I would have never taken my current job, I would never have found my wife. Life is a series of crazy circumstances, unfortunately this time ( and many other times throughout every day ) it took someone’s life.

  • 9743 says:

    This drunk won’t serve any jail time because the DA will make sure of that, if anyone thinks she will just wait and see. This case will keep getting pushed further back until it’s out of everybody’s mind and then it will just go away just like all the rest of the DWI cases in New Hanover county where someone has been killed and there have been a few….the laws are on the books to prosecute people like this but they are not enforced unless it’s some poor person or if the offender is a black person. Yeah, I brought up the race card but most of you on here are smart enough to know the poor and blacks are the first to go to jail because that’s who the DA and the justice system target. So sit back folks and watch this case very closely and see how much jail time will be served….this woman was driving while impaired PLUS she killed somebody and it’s a damn shame but nothing, as usual, will happen!!

  • B Driver says:

    This is a tragedy for everyone involved. I personally will forever be changed by this incident. I am angry and shocked by the actions of Stephanie. I hope none of us ever know what it feels like to be on either side of this incident. Knowing Stephanie has made me realize that the face of bad decisions comes in many forms. I’m angry, sad and can find no words to give this meaning.

  • Jools says:

    I am saddened for BOTH families. It’s so easy to sit in the judgement seat. I have gotten behind the wheel of a car a LOT of times in the past after drinking. I just thank God that no one was hurt because of my choices.

    What both of these families need is our prayers.

  • Smoke says:

    Pretty sure Mr. Rankin was riding the moped because he had at least one prior DWI …. 01008509 DWI LEVEL 4 (PRINCIPAL) 10/14/2001

  • Karen Rankin says:

    Would you please tell me how this is even relevant? Are you saying that having a prior DWI conviction makes it okay for him to be hit and killed by a drunk driver?

  • Guestfree4all says:

    Did he kill anyone and leave them on the side of the road?

  • Psalm23:4 says:

    First and foremost I want to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Michael Rankin. May God rest his soul, and may the Lord and Michael above come to a fitting path of justice for this tragedy. With that being said, I hope we all take a minute to realize that Stephanie lost her future in that moment as well. Everyone is so quick to judge and wish consequence upon her, but being a living, breathing human with heart and compassion I can assure you the agony and regret she puts herself through will be the worst consequence of this situation. I in no way am condoning what she did, however, she is a young 22-year-old woman that made the biggest mistake of her life. She will no longer have the spirit she once had. Every dream, hope, and goal is now out of the question due to a poor choice, a choice millions make, and it cost this man his life, and in many ways it cost her hers as well. I hope those pointing fingers have clean hands and even cleaner records, because all in all we all falter at some point. We all have faults, we all find ourselves in weak moments, but with each tribulation comes a lesson. I hope that everyone can take a lesson from this tragedy and help prevent this type of thing from happening again. Instead of bashing someone for their mistakes, I wish we could all come together and lift everyone affected by this in prayer. The things you say and the way you treat people in their moments of weakness say a whole lot more about your character than it does theirs. Thoughts, prayers, and strength to everyone involved in this.

  • Psalm23:4 says:

    Absolutely no one deserves to have their life taken away in such a way, but it does go to show that he was just as much human as she is. He had made the same mistake in the past, obviously not resulting in taking the life if another, but it easily could have happened. She’s not a monster, but a sinner quite like the rest of us. I pray that the justice you seek is granted, and I hope that she learns her lesson from this situation. But, she has a heart, a soul, a family, and friends just as your brother did. This is a tragedy for everyone involved. I hope and pray that your brother can rest peacefully.

  • Dirk is Stupid says:

    You’re obviously not on the bright side, Dirk. What a judgmental, loser comment to make. Wowzers bud, watch for lightning, God don’t play.

  • StreetSmartz says:

    Which moment are you talking about? The moment when she hit the man -OR- the moment when she decided to get behind the wheel some 26 blocks away downtown? Was it the moment of impact that she lost everything -OR the moment when she had too much to drink and pulled the keys out of her purse? I’m glad you aren’t condoning her behavior because that would be idiotic. Instead, you make a post that equates to little more than… “I’m sorry for the loss of this man’s life, but let’s not fault the person who did it and instead mourn the fact that someone who is alive now has a hurdle that she caused herself.” Give me a freaking break. I’m sorry for the loss of this man because there are so many idiotic people out there who think they should get drunk and then drive and that there are people who think that we should feel sorry for the perpetrators. Maybe we should give her one of those 12th place ribbons and a pat on the back for making it 26 blocks without hitting anyone else, too, while we are at it.

  • Jim Stroud says:

    Mopeds and bicycles have no business being on the road. Say what you will, but it is absolutely stupid to think they are safe on a road with registered taxed tagged and titled cars,trucks,and motorcycles traveling at proper speeds. I don’t know if he was drunk or not and do not care. They are a traffic hazard,hard to see, and they impede traffic flow. And most I have witnessed don’t have the dang sense to keep to the right so they can be safely passed.If a moped is considered a bike…put them on the bike paths and let them slow down and stop when they approach someone walking on the sidewalk.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Putting salt in your coffee instead of sugar is a mistake. Wearing one black sock and one brown sock is a mistake. Drinking and driving is a conscious decision. While she is LIVING with what she did, Michael will be in a cold, dark grave.

  • Keith says:

    Your an idiot……it was a tragic accident…..it has absolutely nothing to do with race you moron !

  • Rusty says:

    As much as others may not like it I have to agree with you on the dangers of bicycles and mopeds using roadways. At this point we don’t know the BAC of either driver so really can not make any conclusions on fault. If she was at the BAC of .08 MADD clamored for instead of .10 that used to be the standard that should be factored in, if she was .20 well OK no argument here. Currently we have no information on the accident and cannot make any real conclusion on fault other than she was charged with DUI (NOT found guilty yet mind you).

    Will she have to live with happened for the rest of her life; Yes and it will likely torment for her days. BUT there has been no trial yet or any real information on the accident so assailing either person’s reputation is jumping the gun. Leaving the scene was a bad idea but at least she didn’t remain a fugitive for long like most. Tragic all the way around and shouldn’t have happened but life is like that as much as we wish it wasn’t :\

  • Cory E says:

    Sorry steph love u and I kno it was an accident and I kno ur sorry I wish u the best and the family of the departed my condolences may god be with you all

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    …nothing other than solid fact and honesty, the best kinds of posts that can be received on articles like this.

  • iknowher2 says:

    Orange is the new black.

  • Dirk says:

    Thats one less moped that I have to wait on while trying to get down Market Street. Chances are the reason he was on a moped is because he was former DWI. The circle of life.

  • guesty says:

    Drunk driving isn’t a mistake and the sooner you realize it is a crime and an active choice, the better off you will be. Putting diesel in your gas powered car is a mistake (and carelessness)

  • Psalm23:4 says:

    I guess we’ll save the 11th place ribbon for you considering you have NEVER once consumed an alcoholic beverage and then gotten behind the wheel of a car….I think she should have to take responsibility and serve her time, but I think this is a tragic situation all around and people such as yourself are making it even uglier. As humans we should have compassion for everyone involved.

  • sickofit says:

    Now look at your hate-filled words from this article and look at what you posted on the article concerning the Carolina Bch man who raped two CHILDREN…UNBELIEVABLE

  • Patricia Mazzola says:

    I have gotten stuck behind one of these liqourEmobiles and have been late for doctor appointment, they looked mad at me! He was driving in the left lane carrying a surfboard! going up Military Cut Off with all that traffic, Of course he was wobbling up the road with the surfboard . Have they tested the moped driver yet? Well I am sure they have. But I wonder why he was driving a liquormobile in the first place!

  • guest 1234 says:

    I love it when BLACK people claim WHITE people are racist, but are the first ones to throw race card out. BLACK people in Wilmington are the explicit reason racism will continue to live and breath here. Hey ignorant idiot, the “Old South” has been diluted around here pretty well, enough northerners to clean it up, yet you keep pushing it.

    Funny thing is, I didn’t live my life or feel that way until I moved here. Blacks keep bringing up race issues, slavery, whatever. Maybe YOU’RE the reason its still here? I doubt you thought about that, its obvious you’re ignorant to that thought.

    This chick most likely won’t go to jail. Just like so many black drug dealing criminals. She’s guilty, no question. But although she’s guilty, she’s not a menace to society, until she does it again. The drug dealers and thieves are. And they walk every day. And they’re BLACK.

  • Lauren says:

    I didn’t know there were an abundance of vehicles on that stretch at 3am??? Must of been like going through rush hour in a major city and in that case with all those cars how fast could she of been going??? Think before you post!!!!!!!!!

  • not the judge says:

    but for the grace of God you aren’t riding a moped but wait, you’re not dead yet either. It sounds like it’s all about u. Maybe when you’re riding your moped that will change too!

  • SMH says:

    shaking my head – not my finger – you people need to grow a heart! your comments are so hard and none of you have been in the shoes of either of these people. SO STOP ALREADY!! It’s not for you to judge either of them. maybe when you have to ride a bike or start walking because you’re down on your luck you’ll get it! Sick of self-centered judgmental bigots!

  • SICK OF THE RC! says:

    the reason anyone goes to jail is because they commit a crime. COlor yourself purple and rob a bank and see if this ain’t so IDIOT! Go back to africa with your race card. AMERICA is sick of it! Check statistics. More blacks are in prison because they commit the crimes. Lawyers are available for all races.

  • guest123123 says:

    Well looks like she has been a good girl before this. Just failure to dim lights and no operators license in possession and both were dismissed.The man who was hit on the moped,well lets just say he had his share of traffic violations including DWI

  • Lauren says:

    All of you having negative things to say Bout my uncle should be ashamed of yourself!! How does him having a DUI 13 years ago have anything to do with him dying. This woman was relased from jail before we were even notified. I was the first notified and you have no idea how that felt being home alone with my two daughters ad having to call my mother and let her know her brother was killed! Keep your nasty comments to yourself my family does not need to see them. Remember what goes around comes around I hope you never face the situation we are living

  • KrisC says:

    Off the cuff conjecture and negative commentary is cruel and totally unnecessary.

  • StreetSmartz says:

    It is pretty sad that we’ve gotten to a level of perception where you can’t believe that another person can have the will power or responsibility to NOT get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. (I find it rather peculiar that your name is a biblical reference, but yet you don’t have faith that people can actually control themselves and make correct choices.) But, no, I haven’t consumed alcohol and then gotten behind the wheel of the car. I guess it has to do with having a certain amount of responsibility BEFORE consuming alcohol or at the very least the intelligence of being in control and planning accordingly by having a designated driver or plan b to get home. I have compassion for the woman, but I’m not about to make it appear that because of her mistake there shouldn’t be consequences or we should feel sorry. A person died. He gets to be buried and rot and she gets to walk away and move on with her life. I think the fact that she gets to live is pretty darn compassionate in comparison.

  • Booey says:

    He was walking his scooter, like walking a dog, wow is this the new craze? Hey dummy its spelled STORY

  • Jeff Owens says:

    I am sorry for your families loss. Mike was a good guy and friend of mine since we were kids. May he rest in peace.

  • Shaleen says:

    I knew Mike Rankin, and to see the unkind things that have been written up here about him is just disgraceful. His family has been reading these callous comments about their loved one. Does anyone think about that? What happened to Mike could have been prevented by that young lady either staying put or getting someone to bring her where she had to go. Whether she is a good person or not, has nothing to do with what happened. She left a man to die instead of facing what she did. That is an act of cowardice.Now not only does Mike’s family and friends have to pay for her carless mistake, so does her family. Her conscience and guilt will surely eat her alive. But just remember Michael did not deserve to die. Rest in Peace Mike.

  • Ohmigawd says:

    A man lost his life. And a women lost her life. but instead of having a peaceful ensuring loving cloud to sleep on called heaven, stephanie has to live with the fact that a man was killed by the decision that almost 5,000 people make EVERY 30 SECONDS. I feel deeply for the family who lost there son, uncle, bestfriend, ect. Yet no one cares about the women. You all have made stupid mistakes. I bet HALF of the people commenting on this article has made the choice to drive while being under the enfluence. “It will never happen to me” how about instead of saying nasty uneeded comments we learn from her mistake.

  • guest123123 says:

    I think it will be interesting to find out whether her alcohol consumption actually played a part in the accident. Market St at the location at night is not a good mix with mopeds. The cars almost touch each when driving in that stretch of traffic.

  • Common sense and logic says:

    I have to agree with this. Yes, we’ve already clarified that Stephanie should not have been driving, and this is a sad situation all around. With that being said, it seems walking a moped down a narrow, dark section of Market St at 3:00am on a weekend night does seem like the smartest, safest option, either. A person walking in the dark, in the street, with traffic, would be difficult to see for an alert, sober driver. The only reason I’m pointing this out is to keep in mind this same accident could have very well occurred had the driver not been drinking,

  • A Sinner says:

    Heimie,

    I’m jealous of you. You are so smart, so perfect, that God picked you out personally to judge Stephanie’s actions on July 19, 2014. I guess you never got behind the wheel when you shouldn’t have (well maybe one time , but luckily you didn’t kill anybody or get stopped by the police). I guess you never did anything wrong when you were in college or slightly older that you regret now. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” is what it says in the Bible. Is that person without sin you Heimie? Silly me, I always thought it was Jesus! Who knew the church could teach such a lie and have millions believe it? And about the “facts”: don’t comment on things you have no knowledge of except what’s included in a short news story. God would want His agent on Earth to tell the truth and since you are so perfect, you wouldn’t want to ruin your reputation lying about a 22 year old woman who drank one night with the express purpose of driving drunk, killing someone and ruining 2 families lives forever (not to mention her own)? After all, you’ve got a reputation to uphold, right?

  • wendy rankin says:

    I thank you deeply for showing what kind of man my baby brother was…God Bless

  • TIM says:

    Did you ever stop to think maybe the guy on the scooter was coming or going to work to support his family. She does deserve to go to jail.

  • Guest645 says:

    Jail is not for “solving problems.” It’s for punishment.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    Let’s all hope you don’t practice law, because your statements sound eerily similar to something ignorant that would spout out of an ambulance chasers mouth in a courtroom. There are severe penalties for DWI’s that involve the death of another person. “Owned up to what she did”? Are you on crack? She RAN from the scene to leave the poor guy to die like worthless dog, you moron! She turned herself in later knowing a witness saw it and they would most likely catch her. No points there counselor! You don’t slam someone with your car, killing them, knowing you did it and run away. She should lose her license for 5 years, her car, be put in a state prison for 18 months and intensive probation for 7 years afterwards…minimum.

    And finally Einstein, your comment on “natural selection” is about as cold as the woman that caused this accident. While I detest the drunk bikes as much as anyone, they are legal, they have a right to be on the roads just like everyone else, LIKE IT OR NOT! That simply is not an excuse for a man to lose his life at the hands of a drunk! For you to say something like that is indescribably cruel.

    Remember this to before you fire that crack pipe up again. Had this woman NOT been drunk when this occurred, it may have never even happened and IF it did would’ve most likely been deemed an unfortunate accident. She ran because she was a drunk and didn’t want to get into trouble. She should have thought about that while while downing those drinks and found a better means to get herself home without killing an innocent person!

  • Guest857 says:

    So you think she won’t serve time? I hope she does. How many times have we heard this story? Over and over again. Melissa Marvin got 15 years for each life she took. She couldn’t flee the scene after she took 5 teenagers lives. I bet if it was some old ugly career guy like me, you would be want me strung up. Let’s hope the DA weeds anyone named Martin out of the jury before the trial starts. So if the guy on the moped wasn’t in the way, maybe she would have got one of our family members…this time or on a later date. Think about it. Obviously natural selection hasn’t gotten you yet…wonder why?

  • martin says:

    I see that there are many of you who probably take little or no responsibility for anything. Seems to be the way this nation is headed. It is always somebody else’s fault. Just bringing out the fact that most any responsible person would recognize the danger of riding on Market street at night on a moped, which makes about as much sense as looking down the barrel of a shotgun after a misfire. Legal or not, it is not a smart thing to do. As mentioned, people need to take some responsibility for their own actions and safety. The only person you can trust to keep you safe is yourself. Sorry the guy got hit and the woman is in trouble, but maybe this will be a warning to others and prevent this from happening again. Many questions need to be answered. Did he have on light-colored clothes? Was the tail light on his moped working? All this figures in.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Wouldn’t that time of night be an ideal time to riding on Market Street due to the lack of traffic? I would think that 3:00 pm would be a lot more dangerous.

    To say that he contributed to his own demise is completely asinine. If a regular car had been hit by the drunk driver and the people in that car killed, would you say that they contributed to their own demise? After all, it’s stupid time to be on Market Street.

    This man is dead because an idiot decided to consume alcohol, knowing that she would be getting behind the wheel of a car.

  • Christina Schenk says:

    Really??…did u just say that man contributed to his own demise by riding his moped at 3am??
    I personally had to sell my car because my house burnt down and I needed the money…so, I walk and ride bike…and I work 3rd shift. I guess if a drunk runs me over while Im walking at dark, that will be contributing to my death??
    You’re sick!!

  • Karen Rankin says:

    Thank you Brian for your very kind words. My brother was very fortunate to have a boss like you and our family appreciates your support.

  • Guesttoo says:

    Do you know, for fact, that the scooter driver was totally without fault and didn’t contribute to his own demise? I certainly don’t. What if both were drunk? It’s a fair question and until the autopsy and accident report are completed, it’s probably best not to put all the blame on one person. Certainly, she’s guilty…she admitted it. May not be all there is to the story though.

  • Brian says:

    To the general public in this forum:
    Mike Rankin was an employee of mine. He was an incredible individual who’s life was headed in a positive direction. His moped was brand new and all of its features worked properly. He often drove at night because of the distance he lived from his job and the hours that his schedule required. He wore appropriate clothing and put safety first. Please make no assumptions about an accident that you did not witness, the person(s) involved or any possible scenarios that may be false. Remember that he was a great man, loved by his family, friends and co-workers. Unfortunately, Ms. Wells made a very poor decision that she will have to live with for the rest of her life. For the sake of Mike and his family there is only the hope that justice will be served. Mike will be deeply missed, however he does not need to live on in the voices of unknown bloggers on this news feed. Please respect this situation as if it were one of your loved ones.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    …people like you that support drunk drivers that kill people and denounce the legal ones with your opinions of doing stupid things. Let me explain the basic facts since you clearly do not have the capacity to read them for yourself. Here it is:
    *A 22 year old woman drove her car downtown with the intent to party and consume alcohol. She drank alcohol, got intoxicated, got in her car and attempted to drive. FULLY ILLEGAL, got that? This action puts everyone in the general public in serious danger of their lives. Women, children, moms, dads, brothers and sisters.
    *This woman proceeded to ram her car into the rear end of a scooter, killing the rider and leaving him in a ditch to die while she proceeded on her way, ignoring his condition and failing to attempt to provide any help to him after hitting him. He died on the scene. DIED! It doesn’t get more colder and calculating than that on the drunks behalf!

    Is this beginning to get any clearer for you now? As far as I’m concerned, YOU’RE the one that can’t see anything and seem to understand very little, if anything about responsibility!

  • martin says:

    No, Heimie…….you are the one who does not seem to get it. The question is not whether or not the woman did wrong, this has been established, but did the moped rider CONTRIBUTE to the incident. Was he also intoxicated? Did he swerve in front of her? Was he visible to traffic coming from behind? Lots of questions need to be answered here.

  • MG says:

    You’re kidding me, right? I’m amazed and appalled at your response.

    A woman drives drunk, hits and kills a man driving a street-legal vehicle and you blame him? That kind of attitude is why we have a growing degradation of society.

    Perhaps you would not be so quick to just let her go if she had killed one of your family members.

  • martin says:

    Only loser here is you. This was a man riding his transportation legally on the road and she ran him down. No faulty of his at all. Even if he was at fault she had no business being behind the wheel. She was immediately at fault when she turned the key. I hope next time it’s you instead of some innocent man riding to work.

    She will get jail time at least 2 years behind bars. She deserves much more than that because she murdered that guy. I will gladly donate mty tax dollars to keep her ass from killing again.

    No remorse!

  • martin says:

    I doubt if she will go to prison. It will depend on if she has had any prior convictions, and the fact she owned up to what she did is definitely in her favor. Anybody stupid enough to ride a moped on Market Street of all places any time, especially at 3:00 am certainly contributed to his own demise. Kind of a Natural Selection situation here. She certainly should lose her license and vehicle, but jail will not solve any problem for anyone involved. The only losers would be the taxpayers.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    Goodbye education, goodbye career, goodbye future. All over the insane stupidity of driving while intoxicated. Oh well, just practice “Would you like to super-size those fries” or “Paper or plastic, Sir?” while sitting in prison and you’ll be good at it when you get out.

  • my thoughts says:

    I am not thinking about this beautiful young lady who made a very immature decision to drink and drive, irresponsibly thinking of no one else but herself. I don’t know the person killed on the moped, but he was someone to somebody. Some one is grieving for his loss. Not everyone can afford a car to drive, and most moped drivers drive cautiously whenever they are on the road. They wear helmets, illuminate their bike and equipment, and still motorists won’t slow down enough to be aware of all that is happening on the road. Tragic incident.

  • Guesteasy says:

    Was that drink worth ruing your life? Heartless woman.

  • Anna says:

    You all do not know this girl. There are so many people who drink and drive. It is stupid and it needs to be punished, but is that worth calling this girl heartless? No. She is someone who made a poor decision and now has to pay the penalty for it. I know her, and I know even if she didn’t go to jail this would ruin her. She is a caring and loving person and will probably not be able to ever overcome the fact that she has taken a life. It breaks my heart to see her poor decision has led to this, but I know she is still the same wonderful Stephanie everyone knows and loves. All we can do is pray she learns from this as I know she will. So please, before judging and putting all of these harsh words on this site, think about what you are saying. She is no heartless uncaring person, she is a loving friend, daughter, sister who made very poor decisions and understands now that she will have to be punished for them mentally and physically.

  • dickerson says:

    If she is so wonderful why was she driving drunk? She will suffer a lot less than the dead man she left alone to die.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Why should we feel sorry for anyone who makes a conscious decision to consume alcohol knowing that she would be getting behind the wheel of a car? Why should we feel sorry for someone who made a conscious decision to disregard every life that was on the roads she would be driving to get to her next destination?

    As for her suffering, well boo freaking hoo. At least she is alive to feel suffering. That’s more than anyone can say for Michael. He was someone’s son. Her punishment is at her own hands. Her suffering is at her own hands. Michael’s death is on her head. Michael’s family will be suffering, not because of the choices Michael made, but because of a selfish individual who chose to disregard the lives of the people in her community.

  • 1889 says:

    martin, did your parents have any children that lived? w

  • Karen Rankin says:

    I heard she bonded out on Saturday… She was probably out before we even knew our brother was dead. I will be consulting lawyers tomorrow to ensure she receives an appropriate sentence.

  • tseug says:

    She’s attractive, female and white………no way she will see the inside of a prison cell……..now if she were male well that’s a different story. New Hanover County’s DA will be plea bargaining this all the way to a misdemeanor.

  • F says:

    The guy you are so adamantly defending was guilty of making the same bad choice she was. He put himself on a moped by getting a dui. So in your words why should we feel sorry for him? If what you say is true neither one of the people involved in this should be given any bit of sympathy as they are both guilty of putting lives at risk when they drove drunk. Sound absurd? Of course it does. These are two humans who made a series of bad choices that inevitably cost this man his life and her suffering through what’s left of hers. Keep your black and white blanket statements to yourself and show a little class and respect to the families involved.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The man’s DWI was thirteen years ago. His driving privileges would have been reinstated years ago. His choices in life does not make this woman any less culpable in his death. If Michael had been a teetotaler all of his life he would still be dead and it would still be the fault of this drunk driver. No matter how you want to paint it, this man is dead because of a selfish woman who chose to consume alcohol knowing she would be getting behind a wheel.

  • Lauren says:

    Likely to cause no harm to anyone while she’s out??? Just like when she went out likey to not harm anyone and killed my Uncle?? Your an idiot

  • guest123123 says:

    Private attorneys do not handle the prosecution of the defendant. You can sue her in civil court and try to get payment that way. Bond is basically set for two reasons. Likelihood of person showing up for court,which she will definitely do and is she likely to cause harm to others while out. Probably not in her case. No past criminal record also played a role in her release.

  • brownie says:

    Let’s see if she is treated like an ugly man. Who would get 2nd degree murder.

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