Driver accused of intentionally hitting woman with car back behind bars after court appearance

Driver accused of intentionally hitting woman with car back behind bars after court appearance

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A woman arrested after she allegedly hit another woman with her car and then fled the scene is now behind bars again following a court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Courtnay Danielle Lawrence was arrested for allegedly hitting another woman with her car.
Courtnay Danielle Lawrence was arrested for allegedly hitting another woman with her car. (Source: WECT)

The Wilmington Police Department says that Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 21, was taken into custody Tuesday evening on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run, and driving without a license.

Lawrence was given a $25,000 unsecured bond and was later released from jail after posting bail.

During her Wednesday afternoon court appearance, prosecutors asked the judge for Lawrence to be held under a secured bond due to prior convictions of larceny and breaking and entering.

Lawrence told the judge that she requested the unsecured bond because her husband was in jail and she needed to breastfeed one of her children.

The judge ultimately decided to change Lawrence’s bond to $40,000 secured and she was taken into custody. Her child is now in the custody of social services.

The hit-and-run

Police released video of the hit and run last week and identified Lawrence as a suspect shortly afterward.

The video shows Lawrence allegedly hitting another woman on purpose with her car before driving away.

The victim told police she was walking along Rutledge Road with an acquaintance just before 10 a.m. “when she heard a horn honking and saw the man with whom she was walking jump out of the way.”

Investigators say Lawrence intentionally swerved off the roadway in an attempt hit the man but struck the victim instead.

The woman was hit on her right hip and launched several feet in the air before landing on her side. Police say she suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hip and knees. In court Wednesday, prosecutors said the victim has been released from the hospital.

The man left the scene and didn’t return. Police say the man was identified as the father of Lawrence’s four children.

Investigators found a photo of Lawrence posing with the damaged car, a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, on social media immediately after the incident.

Police arrest driver accused of intentionally hitting woman with car

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