Pedestrian struck on Market Street
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A New Hanover County woman had to be hospitalized after being hit by a car while walking along Market Street Monday night. New Hanover County Highway Patrol said thirty-five-year old Nicole Marie Harrison was walking south on the northbound side of Market Street last night when she stumbled into the road, and was hit by an oncoming car. Highway Patrol said around 8:30pm Monday night, James McLawhon of Topsail Beach was headed north on Market Street. Troopers believe Harrison was walking on the grass and stumbled into path of traffic. Witnesses say it's rare to see a pedestrian anywhere in the area. “I've seen some bicycles, I've never even seen anybody walking by here. There's no sidewalk and there's really no reason to cross the street, so I don't see why anybody would be crossing there,” said witness Melissa Jacobs. An employee at the Hess Station across the street called 9-1-1. Highway Patrol said Harrison was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. There is no word on her condition at this time. Highway patrol says speed was not a factor in the accident and no charges have been filed at this time.

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Not everyone has a car. Nichole had a tough life. We love you and will remember you forever. Your laughter has made an imprint on our hearts. She was our neighbor for over five years. Your life was always interesting, and thanks for being willing to share a little of it with us. Our prayers go out to the driver of the car too. --the Binghams
Terrible thing for anyone. Who would ever and why would anyone walk on this highway at night. My prayers are with everyone involved. God's blessings to all.
Hello, My name is Kellie and I work at Papa Johns Pizza right across the street where that poor woman got hit. I'm sure it wasn't the drivers fault. This is all part of Gods plan, so don't worry. My prayers go out to all of those who are suffering right now. Just remember to keep your faith, no matter what. Sincerely, Kellie