WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Authorities issued arrest warrants Friday for a woman accused of setting an apartment on fire and then hitting a cyclist with her SUV.
According to police, Christina Maria Marcotte, 59 of Wilmington, will be charged with first degree arson and felony death by motor vehicle when she is released from the hospital.
Marcotte is accused of hitting 49-year-old Robert Bennet Byrd Thursday around noon with her vehicle. Byrd, who was riding a bicycle near the intersection of Fourth and Greenfield Streets, was killed in the accident.
According to Linda Rawley with the Wilmington Police Department, Marcotte was chargedThursday with DWI.
Investigators believe Marcotte is also responsible for an apartment fire on Hunt Club Road. She is accused of setting her bedroom on fire using some type of an "open flame" before the accident at Fourth and Greenfield Streets.
According to WFD Battalion Chief Sammy Flowers, crews knocked out the flames and no one was hurt.
The man renting the apartment on Hunt Club Road claims Marcotte was not living at the property, but was just keeping some belongings there. He says he was shocked to find out about the arson.
Police say she made several statements which led them to believe she started the blaze and added that many of the items damaged in the fire were hers, including bedding and clothing.
Those who live in the complex say, they were just glad no one was hurt. "I was asleep when I heard the fire department banging on doors," recalls resident Dean Reeves. "They told people to get out, on the way out I saw smoke coming out in the hallway."
According to police, Marcotte lives on Roseman Lane, WECT.com found out she moved out last May. Her old neighbors say she was kind, and loved animals, they say they never would have expected this to happen.
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