NEW INFORMATION: Cause Of Death Released On Hit & Run Victim

By: Heather King / Bill Wilson
By: Heather King / Bill Wilson

The Onslow County medical examiner has released the cause of death of a woman found dead on Highway 17 early Tuesday morning.

Dr. Anuradha Arcot tells WITN News that Barbara Elwell was struck by an object and suffered skull fractures, abrasions, ankle fractures and spine fractures.

A police officer on routine patrol discovered the body just before 3:00 a.m. Tuesday.

They believe Elwell was struck by either a 1999-2002 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2000-2003 Chevy Tahoe or Suburban. Police say so far no eyewitnesses have come forward.


Wednesday's Story

Jacksonville police have released the name of a woman stuck and killed on Highway 17 Tuesday morning.

Police say the victim is 41-year-old Barbara Elwell of Jacksonville.

Police say Elwell was struck on the highway, near the Highway 24 overpass.

They believe the vehicle involved is either a 1999 to 2002 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2000 to 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban. The vehicle will have damage to the chrome grill and will be missing the gold Chevrolet emblem from the front grill.

Authorities are now distributing fliers around the city with the vehicle description.


Previous Story

Police are looking for the driver who struck and killed a woman along Highway 17.

Investigators say the suspect vehicle is either a 1999 to 2002 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2000 to 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban. That vehicle will have damage to the chrome grill and is missing the gold Chevrolet emblem from the front grill.

A Jacksonville police officer on routine patrol came across the body just before 3:00 a.m. The woman was laying on Highway 17, near the Highway 24 overpass.

Police say the victim was last seen in the area of the Triangle Inn prior to the crash.

Anyone who knows information on this hit and run is urged to contact Jacksonville police at 910-455-1472.


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  • by Zoe Location: ENC on Dec 4, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    Cause of death?? Didn't we know from the beginning that she had been hit by a vehicle?
  • by elizabeth Location: gville/washington on Dec 3, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    People, please , from now on, call the police if you see suspicious activity or something that needs police attention. Dont be afraid to call police , they want you to call as it helps them to gain clues and solve these crimes,especially now as society has taken a turn for the worst.
  • by Picky Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    "Laying" in the road, or "lying" in the road?
  • by angry Location: goldsboro on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    I hope this person is caught soon.How can you hit someone and keep going?My heart goes out to this woman's family.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Dec 2, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    I'm surprised somebody didn't call law enforcement.. They have sure called for less. Maybe she hadn't been there that long when the officer found her... That is sad..
  • by betty Location: corltand on Dec 2, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    How long did this poor lady lay in the road before someone (a police officer) finally stopped for her? I'll bet so many went right by her. We all have cell phones lets call it in if you see something not right. My heart goes out to her family. Remeber this could be one of us or a family memeber this happens to, wouldn't you want someone to help you? Some one had to of seen this poor lady in the road. Cars are up & down all roads all times of the day & night.
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