Two pedestrians injured in Wilmington hit-and-run; driver charged with DWI after returning to scene

Two pedestrians injured in Wilmington hit-and-run

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A driver was arrested on suspicion of DWI after allegedly hitting two pedestrians in Wilmington late Saturday night.

According to Linda Thompson, spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department, witnesses told officers a couple was crossing near the intersection of Eastwood Road and Cardinal Drive just before midnight when a vehicle struck them. They were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with significant injuries.

A family member said one of the pedestrians, a male, was still in intensive care Monday night.

The driver, identified as 25-year-old Aaron Joseph Plofker, left the scene but later returned, Thompson said. He was arrested and charged with DWI, hit and run with injury, and an open container violation.

Witnesses told police that Plofker had a green light at the time of the accident.

Thompson said the investigation is ongoing and charges could be filed against the pedestrians.

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