Hit & Run Driver Kills Woman On Outer Banks

Police are hoping the public can help them solve a deadly hit & run Friday night on the Outer Banks.

Kill Devil Hills police say a woman standing in the bike lane in front of the Quality Inn on Highway 12 was killed in the accident. It happened around 8:00 p.m.

Police say the Vienna, Virginia woman had crossed Highway 12 and was waiting for her daughter to do the same when a northbound vehicle drifted into the bike lane and struck her. The vehicle did not stop.

65-year-old Peggy Butler was visiting the Outer Banks on vacation with her family. Police say the vehicle was a light colored, small to medium sized sport utility vehicle.

Anyone with information should contact Kill Devil Hills police at 252-449-5329.


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  • by Pattie Location: Mechanicsville, VA on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    This happened right across the street from the house we were renting that week. We were watching TV and heard (but didn't see) the impact. I hope the police find the driver. How awful.
  • by Victim of Nags Head Hit and Run Location: Mechanicsville, VA on Sep 15, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    My family and I were involved in a hit and run while on vacation on Saturday 9/5 at 8:30pm. I suffered neck and back injuries and our car was has heavy damage. Luckily, someone got his plate number and turned it in to police. He was driving a white Nissan Pathfinder. He was caught and was drunk. Would be a shame if it was the same person that hit us. He was released from jail on Tuesday 9/8. We have aleady contacted the police there to give them the information of that driver to check it out.
  • by Advocate Location: USA on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    As a former cyclist who has had plenty of issues with motorists and bike lanes, I understand Bicyclist's point of view. Those lanes seem to only be observed by the cyclists. Similarly, road paint is no protection from vehicles--bike lane/crosswalk/center line, etc. I would imagine standing on the side of the road with or without those lines should be sufficient precaution for the average pedestrian. In the end, a daughter is grieving from witnessing a nightmare in real life. We can only hope there is some justice for the driver.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Sep 14, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    Here we go AGAIN assuming things U know nothing about! How, unless U were the driver or with the driver knows whether alcohol played a part in this tragic event? Don't go stirring the pot! I can't imagine the trauma this daughter is going thru and I'm sure she was in to much shock seeing her mom run down to give an accurate report of the vehicle. I hope the person turns themsleves in.
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Sep 14, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    The only thing that will work is if the person is DUI is to take away diver license forever and their auto;and be changed with 1st degree murder.That their will no exceptions.
  • by Timothy Location: OBX on Sep 14, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    This poor woman is an innocent victim who did nothing wrong. A driver - probably drunk - killed her and left the scene. THAT is the problem, not that this lady was standing in a bike/pedestrian lane where she had every right to be.
  • by Bicyclist Location: USA on Sep 14, 2009 at 01:30 PM
    People who think bike lanes, whether riding or walking or standing in them, are safe havens from being hit by cars are mistaken, and that mistake can sometimes be fatal. If anything, bike lanes are dangerous because they create a false sense of security. If the bike lane was not there would this woman have felt safe standing there, or would she have waited for her daughter off the road? We will never know.
  • by cj on Sep 14, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    What a horrible event to see. Maybe this will encourage Dare Co police to enforce the traffic laws a bit more and the city planners to go on a road diet and shrink/slow down the speeders. They could even put a curb in to protect the bike lane and more crossing lights. It is time we all stop letting cars determine our lives and take back our communities from the oil companies.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    light colored SUV? thats too vague of a description to help catch the driver. I hope they get a make and model.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Sep 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    If I read this correctly, the woman was run down in front of her daughter (???) I hope they catch the killer. What a tragedy.
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