Bicyclist in serious condition after hit-and-run in Kill Devil Hills

Jacob McCarthy

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY) — A foreign exchange student from Russia suffered serious injuries after an overnight hit-and-run accident.

The investigation revealed that the exchange student was biking south on U.S. 158 when a vehicle hit her. The vehicle had appeared to stop briefly and then fled the scene.

A Sysco delivery truck driver noticed the female lying in the roadway and called 911. She was taken to Outer Banks Hospital and treated for her injuries.

Officers on scene found debris from the striking vehicle, including a side mirror and portions of a fender.

Police say Sgt. Rodney Rawls saw a white Nissan Altima a short time later, driving in the area with damage corresponding to the broken vehicle parts found at the scene.

Sgt. Rawls stopped the driver who he identified as Jacob McCarthy, 26, of Manteo, N.C.  The pieces of the vehicle found at the scene matched the damage found on the car McCarthy was driving.

McCarthy was found to be impaired and was arrested for DWI as well as felony hit-and-run. His blood alcohol content was .19 at the time — over twice the legal limit.

Police now believe that there at least one more passenger in McCarthy’s vehicle at the time of the accident. He was alone at the time of the arrest.

If you have information about this incident, please contact the Kill Devil Hills Police Department or the Crime Line at 252-473-3111.

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