Woman Pleads Guilty To Collision That Killed Infant In Carolina Beach

A child passed away following an accident Friday morning, March 22nd, 2019 in Carolina Beach when a Jeep hit the female child and a woman at the intersection of Cape Fear Blvd and Lake Park Blvd.  Earlier this month the driver pled guilty to  misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. A child passed away following an accident Friday morning, March 22nd, 2019 in Carolina Beach when a Jeep hit the female child and a woman at the intersection of Cape Fear Blvd and Lake Park Blvd. Earlier this month the driver pled guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Collision That Killed Infant In Carolina Beach Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 22 July 2020 02:50

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - On Friday March 22nd a child has passed away following an accident in Carolina Beach when a Jeep hit the female child and a woman.
Heather Ligotino - the driver of the Jeep - recently plead guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and was conditionally discharged. She must complete twelve months of unsupervised probation and 150 hours of community service. If she violates the terms of that conditional release, the judge could sentence her to time in prison.
According to Carolina Beach Police Detective Sergeant Scott Hettinger, "Just after 10:00AM on March 22, 2019, Carolina Beach Police Department, Carolina Beach Fire Department and New Hanover County EMS were dispatched to a call involving a motor vehicle collision with pedestrians. The incident occurred at the intersection of South Lake Park Blvd and Cape Fear Blvd. in Carolina Beach."
He explained, "Emergency responders rendered aide to the pedestrian victims, who are described as an adult female and female child. Investigators on scene determined both victims were struck by a vehicle. The female and child were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for further treatment. After advanced lifesaving medical treatment, the child later succumbed to the injuries and died. The identities of the victims are not being released at this time. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time."
Lake Park Blvd was closed for several hours as police investigated the scene. The identity of the driver of the Jeep has not yet been released.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation met with officials from the Town of Carolina Beach on Monday April 1st at the intersection of Lake Park Blvd and Cape Fear Blvd to discuss improving safety along Lake Park Blvd at various locations.
Following the horrible incident, the Town of Carolina Beach reached out to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to improve safety along Lake Park Blvd including improvements to crosswalks and other measures.

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