Update: Woman Killed While Standing On NC Coastal Highway

Funeral services are set in the mysterious death of an Onslow County teen who died on new years eve.

A memorial service for 18 year-old Caroline Cromer will take place Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Richlands.

Troopers say Cromer was found dead around 10 pm new years eve on U.S. 17 in Holly Ridge.

The victim's mother says her daughter had been visiting friends in the area.

A number of drivers called authorities to say they saw a woman standing in the northbound lanes of the four lane highway.

Police believe the death was the result of a hit and run and efforts are under way to find the vehicle involved.

Investigators are still awaiting toxicology report.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Richlands or to Richlands High School Girls Soccer Club.

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Authorities are trying to figure out why a woman was killed standing on one of the main highways along North Carolina's coast.

Troopers told The Daily News of Jacksonville that Caroline Cromer was found dead around 10 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 17 in Holly Ridge. Her mother says she was visiting friends in the area.

Authorities say several motorists called police to say they saw a woman standing in the northbound lanes of the four-lane highway before Cromer's body was found.

Troopers have ruled the incident a hit-and-run and are trying to find the vehicle that struck the woman and figure out why she was standing in the road on New Year's Eve.

Investigators are waiting for toxicology reports from Cromer's autopsy.


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  • by Heather Location: Faison, NC on Jan 26, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    Caroline and her family were a big part of my life a few months ago. Caroline made friends everywhere she went because she was the most down to earth person you could ever meet. Does it really matter why she was standing in or beside the road? NO, what does matter is that she was someones daughter, sister and friend! All of you who are asking or wordering that question need a reality check. Caroline touched many lifes and hearts of people. She was the type of person if you meet her once you would never forget her. I dated her step brother, and once I got to know her I knew God put her here for a special reason. She wanted us all to look at life with an open mind and heart, cherish & make the best of everyday. Caroline lived everyday like it was her last. She always found the good in everything & person. We only live once and should make the best of it and share what we learn, Caroline did just that. I am blessed to have had her in my life.
  • by a mom Location: richlands on Jan 5, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    You all can wrote all this stuff what you would or would not have done. but I knowing her mom very well knows she was a very sweet girl no one will ever know what happen unless the driver comes forward. no one will know the pain and sorrow this family has endured so lets just pray for this family and not beat each other up on what you would have done. thanks
  • by Anonymous Location: new bern on Jan 4, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    i just have to say it's pretty sad that "we" in today's society have to be afraid to stop and help someone that needs it. i'm greatful for all the times I as well as my husband have stopped to help someone and it was legit. It's just a chance you take. Just remember that could be you one day stranded with no help. I just feel this way no good deed goes unlooked and what goes around comes around.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    I knew Caroline and we were very close in highschool. If I saw a woman stading in the middle of a four lane highway I would stop and help her. Atleast ask if she was okay, if she was drunk, or just plain crazy. This wasn't like her. She would never stand in the middle of a road like that. Something was wrong with her. RIP Caroline. We all miss you! C/O 2009 from Richlands.
  • by gloria on Jan 4, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    To anonymous: There are lots of ways to help people. Lots of safer ways to help people. People called the authorities. I choose safe. There is nothing wrong with that and I am not ashamed of it. I, like "another mom", have a family that needs me. I don't call that afraid, I call it smart. Call me what you want.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 4, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    I hear you talking and I hear you knocking, but how many of you would have really stopped? Somewhere she has loved ones and my prayers go out to them. Rest in Peace Dear lady.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    Oh Gloria, you can not go through life AFRAID to help another. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE HERE FOREVER HONEY! You have the opportunity to help someone and you pass on because your 'afraid'. Give me a break.
  • by KMJ Location: LA on Jan 4, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    No matter why she was in the road, what kind of person hits another human being and leaves them there to die like an animal? Even if I hit an animal I make sure it is dead before I drive off so it won't suffer. I have a Glock I carry legally. I hope they find who ever did this and fry them.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    Typo, sorry.. that should have said I'm NOT about to question.. lol.
  • by gloria on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    Seems to me we read an article not long ago about the woman that stopped to help someone that she thought she knew (but didn't) and she ended up getting herself kidnapped. Weren't those comments talking about how dumb it was to stop?
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