Two Girls Struck By Cars In Outer Banks

A teenage girl remains hospitalized after she and another were hit by cars crossing a busy highway on the Outer Banks, according to the Virginian Pilot.

Police in Kitty Hawk say a 16-year-old girl is in the hospital in Norfolk, though she is expected to survive. The Virginian Pilot reports the teen was hit by a car crossing the Croatan Highway at Juniper Trail in Kitty Hawk around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Another 16-year-old girl was hit by another vehicle, but she is out of the hospital. The newspaper reports the girls ran across the highway while traffic had the green light. Police say the girls were vacationing in Kitty Hawk from Massachusetts.

The drivers have not been cited.

This accident comes just one month after ECU Admissions Assistant Director, Chris Murphy was hit and killed along the same stretch of highway in nearby Nags Head. Murphy was 37 years old.

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  • by Henry Location: Kh on Aug 22, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    An employee of mine was the driver of the car that hit the least injured young lady and he was so shook up he didn't sleep all night. Thank god he is a god fearing man and relies on his faith to get over this unfortunate accident. He too commented on how dark it was at that spot and everything happened so fast. We live in a wonderful place although there are unfortunate times like this That make us question why everything can not be perfect. I sincerely hope both young ladies will return to their normal teenage lives and suffer no permanent consequences from such an unfortunate mistake in judgement ( which we have all made at some time)
  • by A Parent Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    My daughter is the more seriously injured of the girls. Thankfully, she will eventually make a functionally complete recovery. While our full-time residence is indeed in Massachusetts, we own a home in Kitty Hawk and our daughter knows her way around here pretty well. She loves it here not just for the beach, but because so much is within walking distance for her and her friends. She and her friends are well schooled in the rules of the road, but kids will be kids ... Apparently, the east/west lights were red when they looked, but turned green immediately thereafter. Once they were in the roadway and realized the light was green, they made the mistake of trying to run across the rest of the way rather than turn around. Kids make mistakes, and I’ll make no excuses except youth for this one. Neither the town, nor the state, nor the drivers are to blame; a couple of generally smart and thoughtful teenagers made a bad decision, and they’re lucky it didn’t turn out worse. As for Michelle's concerns, would you really have us keep three bright, well behaved 16 year olds under our thumb during a beach vacation in an area they're well acquainted with? It wasn't even 9 o'clock yet (the article is wrong, we got the call at precisely 9:00, I remember it pretty clearly), they were within a mile of home ... much as we all might like to, you can't keep them in the nest forever. I and the rest of the girls’ parents feel awful for what those drivers experienced, and obviously if we could turn back time they wouldn’t have to, but what is done is done. Please, before heaping too much blame on the girls, think back to your own teenage years – can any of us say we never did anything at least this stupid but got away with it? This is no different, except they didn’t get away with it.
  • by astounded on Aug 20, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    the drivers are devasted by this accident. they have been cleared of any wrongdoing. They were both going under the speed limit and had the green light (read the article). unfortunately the teens made a dangerous choice of trying to beat the traffic. This accident happened to the drivers as well as the pedestrians - it is something they will never get over.
  • by amazingly on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    its national pedestrian safety month, apparently. we've had too many car vs. pedestrian accidents lately!
  • by Marcy Location: Kill Devil HIlls on Aug 19, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    Obviously there's a problem here. Before school let out, we heard of two kids being hit on their bikes. Now during the summer, we've heard of 4 bicycle "hits" and been an eye witness to two more!! That's crazy!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    Croatan Highway is such a dangerous highway to try to cross in the summer. "So Sorry" has a good point. Some people will actually go as fast as 65 MPH on the highway and it's just really unsafe out there. They need more stoplights at some of these intersections in both Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. My wife and I pray that these two girls will be okay and on a road to a full speedy recovery.
  • by local Location: kdh on Aug 19, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    every year at that exact same spot someone gets hit. i was driving through there yesterday and the saw someone aimlessly walking across the 5 lanes. there are lights all along the stretch people are to lazy to cross at intersections as they should be.
  • by michelle on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    why is a 16yr old alone on a busy hwy with another teenage girl w/o any adult supervision not just the reason for a busy hwy but for kidnappers or anybody else that would try & p/u or hurt these girls, when I was 16 & use to go to the obx about 18yrs ago my parents wouldn't leave me & times have gotten worse than when I was 16 & they are from out of state & have no idea about there where abouts & I was a more local person ppl need to stop & realize how dangerous this world really is not just from the road.
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      by SoManyMike on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to michelle
      Punctuation is free.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 04:10 PM in reply to michelle
      Oh wow. michelle,michelle,michelle, slow down. Your comment makes no sense.
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      by Wharf Rat on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:06 PM in reply to michelle
      I tried to read this and now I`m out of breath and almost blind....
  • by So sorry Location: Nags Head on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    We call the road from Nags Head to Kitty Hawk 'The 5 Lanes of Death' many wrecks, etc. It used to be called 'The Bypass.' Now it's a terribly busy highway through business and residential neighborhoods and the speed limit is 50 w/ most going 60 .
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    Why have'nt they got lights on that stretch of 158?? What is the reason for NO LIGHTS? It makes no sence not to have them..More reasons for having them, than NOT...
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      by John on Aug 19, 2011 at 07:12 PM in reply to
      Uumm..........What are you talking about?
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