N.C. Highway Patrol: Chesapeake woman killed by drunk driver

Booking photo of Charles Baum. Credit: Currituck County Sheriff’s Office.

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake woman has died after being hit by a car in Currituck County, Saturday night.

North Carolina Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Charles Baum was driving drunk when he killed 29-year-old Lindsey Anne Parsons, of Chesapeake, while she was walking on South Spot Road at 11:22 p.m.

Lindsey Parsons

Baum stopped and called 911. Parsons was pronounced deceased on scene. Highway Patrol said Baum was arrested and charged with DWI and felony death by vehicle. He was later released on a $20,000 bond.

Troopers say Parsons had just left a wedding reception and was walking to her car toward Caratoke Highway. 10 On Your Side has learned the event was held at a home on Orchard Lane, not far from the accident.

“The pedestrian was walking with traffic as opposed to walking against oncoming traffic and was struck from behind by a 2004 Toyota Corolla,” North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sergeant Jeff Wilson says.

Sgt. Wilson told 10 On Your Side, “Caller stated that he believed he had struck a person while driving on spot road.”

There are no sidewalks or street lights in the area. Troopers want others who walk in the Outer Banks to be educated.

“We seem to have quite a few pedestrians struck here at the Outer Banks. A lot of times it’s because people are walking with traffic when they should be walking against it where they would be able to see the vehicles coming towards them,” Sgt. Wilson says.

Charles Baum is scheduled to have a first appearance on Wednesday.

A GoFundMe has been setup in Lindsey’s memory.