NEW INFO: Young Mother Killed In Hwy. 17 Hit & Run

One of two drivers who troopers say ran over a woman this morning on Highway 17 has turned herself into authorities.

The Highway Patrol has identified the woman killed as Jennifer Bond of Williamston, a young mother of two. A witness tells troopers that the victim told them she had been raped.

The woman's red Pontiac Grand Am, which was parked at the Highway Patrol, had obvious damage to the passenger side. Troopers are now interviewing the woman driver and say they do not yet know if she will face charges or not.

Relatives tell WITN News that just three weeks ago Bond had a baby girl, and she is also survived by a 2 year old daughter.

A witness told the Highway Patrol that the 25-year-old victim was lying in the middle of the road and a box-like truck struck her and kept going. Troopers say another vehicle saw the body and pulled over, and that's when a second vehicle, a red car, then struck her. That red car also did not stop.

Craven County dispatchers say they received a call about 4:07 a.m. Wednesday about the person in the road at Highway 17 at Wilmar Road.

Troopers say an autopsy is being performed on the victim and they're still investigating why she was on the road and what she was doing in that area.

Trooper Steve Brown says a witness says Bond knocked on their door, saying she had been raped and needed to use their phone. That resident said they didn't have a phone and the woman then walked across the street and passed out in the southbound lane.

Troopers also say there was evidence of alcohol where Bond was killed, and paramedics reported the smell of alcohol. The Highway Patrol now says the cell phone Bond had in her possession had a dead battery.


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A woman is dead after officials say three vehicles hit her on Highway 17 at the Beaufort-Craven County line.

Craven County dispatchers say they received a call about 4:07 a.m. Wednesday about the person in the road at Highway 17 at Wilmar Rd.

At the scene, officials told WITN the woman was hit by three vehicles and died. Officials say the first car that hit the woman did not stop, but the second and third vehicles that hit the woman did stop. Troopers say it's possible the first driver did not realize they had hit a person.

It's not clear if authorities know the woman's identity. We're told authorities are looking for a red car as part of the investigation, though no more specifics were available.

Officials detoured traffic for about three hours this morning, but the detour is no longer in place.

This is the second time this week a person in Eastern Carolina has been hit on a road and killed. On Sunday, Greenville police said 32-year-old William Bailey of Cedar Court was killed on Greenville Blvd. near the intersection of Golden Rd. Police said Bailey was struck in the early morning hours, like the victim killed on the Beaufort-Craven county line. The accident in Greenville happened at 3 a.m.


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