Charlotte Woman Charged After Hitting Two Pedestrians While Distracted

Posted on Sep 21, 2010
Distracted driving was the cause of a deadly pedestrian accident in Charlotte this week. According to the Charlotte Observer, two nurses taking a break outside of a local retirement home were struck by the careless driver of a 2001 VW Beatle. One nurse was critically injured while the other was killed.

Witnesses say that two nurses at the White Oak Manor nursing home were taking a cigarette break outside of the building before the start of their shift on Sunday morning. At the same time, 21-year-old Leah Walton was driving down Craig Avenue when she began searching for a cigarette in her purse. With her eyes off of the road, she crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, off the road, and slammed into the two women. One woman, 33-year-old Susan Karabulut, was dragged by the car into the road and died of her injuries at the scene of the car accident. The other nurse, Lisa McTe was rushed to the Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.

Walton was charged with involuntary manslaughter as well as marijuana possession. She was also charged with not having insurance and driving with a revoked car registration. Walton did, however, stay at the scene of the accident and cooperate with police.

Karabulut, who left behind an 11-year-old daughter, had lived and worked in Charlotte for six years and was said to love her nursing job.

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