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‘You didn’t even stop to make sure my daughter was safe or alive:’ WPD looking for suspect in hit and run that injured teen

‘You didn’t even stop to make sure my daughter was safe or alive:’ WPD looking for suspect in hit and run that injured teen
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 5:08 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that struck a 16-year-old pedestrian Monday.

According to the WPD, the incident happened in the 800 block of S. College Road shortly before 10 p.m.

“I went to cross the street,” says Makayla Kinnard White, who was hit by the car. “As I’m crossing, I’m in the middle of the street and I just see light. I see headlights coming to me real fast.”

She says she had just woken up from a nap on Monday night, and asked her mother if she could walk to the nearby Harris Teeter for milk and a few other items. After she went into the grocery store, she was almost home when the unthinkable happened.

“At first I thought it was a dream because I just woke up from a nap,” she says. “I thought I was still in my dream maybe, but like, once I saw the cars come to me I knew this was real.”

She says she remembers getting hit and feeling confused, laying there helpless in the road.

“I was shocked,” Kinnard White says. “I was scared. I thought maybe he will slow down, but as he got close to me I saw he had no intention of stopping. He was gonna hit me and nothing I could do, I wasn’t fast enough.”

She says, she was forced to roll out of the road to avoid being hit by more oncoming traffic even though the pain was unbearable. Two people who witnessed the accident jumped out of their cars to help her, and even got her mother on the phone to let her know what was happening.

“It’s cold hearted, it’s selfish,” Makayla’s Mother Shanae Kinnard said. “You didn’t even stop to make sure my daughter was safe or alive. It could have been an accident, but to just keep going?”

Makayla now has a broken leg and abrasions all over her face and body. She wants whoever the driver is to put themselves in her shoes, and come forward.

The suspect’s vehicle that they are looking for is a 2003-2008 charcoal grey Honda Pilot that is missing the right side mirror. Police say there is also damage to the right side headlight. The suspect is a 30 to 40 year old white male with brownish-blonde hair that is receding.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or send a message to 847411 using the keyword WPDNC.

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