Woman, toddler identified in fatal Carolina Beach crash; driver charged

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police say a grandmother was injured and a toddler was killed during a crash in Carolina Beach last week.

Carolina Beach Police Department says 56-year-old Catherine Hagelstein and her one-year-old granddaughter Cora Kruger were hit by a Jeep while in a crosswalk at the corner of South Lake Park Blvd. and Cape Fear Blvd Friday.

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Hagelstein has non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The driver of the Jeep involved in the crash is identified as 39-year-old Heather Ligotino.

The Carolina Beach Police Department is still investigating the crash and Ligotino is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield to a pedestrian.



Police say no impairment of drugs or alcohol suspected.

Ligotino was arrested Monday and taken before the New Hanover County Magistrates Office.

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page.