NEW INFO: Track Coach Recovering After Being Hit By Pickup Truck

A local college track coach is recovering from serious injuries after being hit by a pickup truck over the weekend.

According to Mount Olive College, the athletics department says Jackie Kirby was out running Sunday night when she was hit.

Kirby is the assistant cross country/track and field coach at the school.

Wednesday morning she was listed in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The college says she's expected to recover.

Mount Olive police say Kirby was struck by a passing pickup truck just after midnight Sunday on East Talton Street.

Det. C.J. Weaver says the woman running in the same direction as traffic, and was wearing dark clothing, but had reflective sneakers. He said the driver stopped to help the woman and is not facing any charges.

Kirby has been with the school since fall 2009. She helped lead the Trojans to sweep the Conference Carolinas track and field championships last spring. She also had a runner qualify for the national finals last fall.

Kirby graduated from Keystone in La Plume, Pa. in 2009. She had a successful running career as a Giant and still holds school records in six different events.

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  • by me Location: mo on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:14 PM
    there is only 3 words to explain what happen NOT PAYING ATTENTION !!!!!!!!!!!! that is the guy driving the vehicle (ford sport trac) . Ive gone down talton street late at night and if you have head lights on there is NOWAY you would not have seen her no matter what she had on ( which was a lite gray sweat shirt hoody ) OH !!!! did I say the DRIVER WAS NOT PAYING ATTETION !!!!!!!!!!!! texting ???? drop something on the floor board???? or what ??????????????
  • by Concerned too on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
    Coach Kirby is a 2nd degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, AND Aikido Ninjitsu. Her hands are registered weapons in the state of NY. She can handle herself in every situation, is extremely agile, and always well aware of her surroundings. If there was a way she could have avoided being hit, she would've found it. Obviously this driver gave her no options. There are no skid marks before or after where she was hit. Why was the driver going over 50mph on a road that is less than 1/2 mile in length? When the police called Kirby's friend at 10:53pm, it was stated that she was found in a ditch, a victim of a hit-and-run. The officer called this friend again 20 minutes later stating the driver finally came back...Why did the police say it occured at 12:04? Why did the police say the road is 55mph when it is clearly 35mph? Why did the police say she was wearing dark clothing? If it was at first a hit-and-run, how is anyone to know whether the person returning to the scene was the person actually driving the car? Who is to say which side of the road she was actually on? No witnesses other than the driver. Who is to say her body wasn't moved? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. One of the biggest...why did the officer take pieces of the truck to the MOC campus and show them to MOC students at one of the women's dorms shortly after the accident occurred? What was the purpose of that?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Duplin County= predictable this would happen. Its ashame. Im sure she will recover quickly.
  • by court Location: Mount Olive on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM
    Maybe if MOC had enough money and support maybe they would be able to afford a track. It's something that the campus needs for all athletes. It also keeps people safe from incidents like this.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    This runner is lucky she only got hit by a truck running at that crazy hour in Duplin County! Illegal gang members live all over that place! Not very smart.
  • by say what on Jan 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    running at midnight? what the heck? something sounds very fishy with this whole story.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 at 04:04 PM in reply to say what
      its called 2-a-days. you run twice a day. duh.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    Its a free country. If she wants to run at that hour (?) thats her business but some of the dumbest people I know live in Duplin County. Ahem...PAM.
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      by anon on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:12 AM in reply to
      you must be one of them, Mt Olive town is in Wayne county!!!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM in reply to anon
        ????? WHAT?!!! Stupid response. That is exactly what I mean.
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          by Kinston native now living in Mt. Olive on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:23 AM in reply to
          Hey Anon, is that really the best you can come up with????
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      by Benny on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:39 AM in reply to
      Mount Olive is in Wayne county genius.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM in reply to Benny
        Benny, your obviously from Duplin County hog country. Your response is stupid too.
  • by sue on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    Hey, can anyone tell me why do they say Mount Olive is a christian school? I know a lot of kids that go there and it is NOT a christian college. Very far from it. It is party all night every night. Males & females in the same room all night. That isn't what you would call a christian college. Now is it. Just wondering.
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      by MOC Student on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM in reply to sue
      Sue, MOC is a christian college, i am a senior at mount olive college and just because students hang out in other students dorm rooms or apartments does not mean that MOC is not a christian college, you cant stop students from doing the things they do, you can only tell them the rules and punish them when they do not follow. MOC is a very good school. MOC does not allow parties to take place on campus and if it is done no one knows about it, becuase it usualy happens in the apartments where nobody tells whats going on. Maybe you are hanging around the kids that stay in the opposite room all night and maybe they are the ones that do all the partying. NOT ALL students at MOC break the rules, but there are a few that do and when they are caught they do get punished. I pray that coach recovers quickly and can get back to her team that misses her very much.
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      by Alo-cal on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:38 AM in reply to sue
      Mount Olive College is supported by the Southern Baptist Foundation and is why its roots began as a christian college. Students are accepted to MOC based on the same selection as other colleges (Money, GPA, Scholarships/Athletics) As far as events that take place on campus I am certain they are like any college, kept under the radar by students to keep students out of trouble. Parties and promiscuity happen everywhere and in most events it is hear say, unless it can be proven to to proper staff in a position of authority. Do not condemn a educational facility just because of poor judgment by some students. It doesn't make it right but this happens when a large gathering of a young population without direct supervision occurs, anyone is a fool it they think otherwise. Show me any college/university where such activities do not take place. In the end, be the better person and instead of tearing an institution based on some, work to educate them into a better course for life.
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      by Pastor on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:04 AM in reply to sue
      As a graduate of MOC, I find your post VERY OFFENSIVE! I got a wonderful christian education at MOC. They have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for rule breakers. Sounds like you have a skewed perception, based on your aquaintances. During my time there, I developed a deeper relationship with God and gained lifelong friendships with several other students, who are now ministers. Yes, there are a 'few' students who are wild --- but I challenge you to find one college that doesn't have a few kids 'sewing their oats'. PLEASE!! Perhaps your words would be best expressed in prayer for this coach. She obviously has a long road to recovery.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM in reply to sue
      FYI i go to MOC and males and females are not in the same room all night we have a curfew,so maybe you should get your facts straight sue:) haa
  • by charles Location: new bern on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
    if she is that dumb , she should not be teaching anybody anything!
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      by megan on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:26 PM in reply to charles
      shes not dumb. shes extremely intelligent and one of the best runners around. Thank you very much charles. accidents happen.
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        by YouKnow on Jan 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM in reply to megan
        Megan Jones!
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          by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM in reply to YouKnow
  • by Relieved on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    I am so glad to have another reason not to run! It is hazardous to your health!! Heehee
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