08/24/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Charlotte, NC—A distracted driver was charged in connection with the Sunday morning, August 22, 2010 traffic crash that claimed the life of a nurse. The unfortunate pedestrian-involved accident occurred in Mecklenburg County and left another nurse with critical injuries as well, according to information provided by WBTV.com.
Reports stated 19-year-old Leah Ann Walton was traveling along Craig Avenue before 8 a.m. Sunday. However, it was when Walton took her eyes off the road to grab a pack of cigarettes out of her purse that something went wrong.
Walton’s vehicle veered off the road, jumped a curb and struck two nurses standing outside of the White Oak Manor Nursing Home. The two women reportedly work at the Charlotte-based nursing home.
One woman, identified as 33-year-old Susan Karabulut, was dragged across the road after the car hit her. Karabulut’s traumatic injuries seemingly proved fatal at the scene. She is survived by a husband and 11-year-old daughter.
“She was so close to my daughter, my daughter’s going to hurt, she’s going to hurt a lot,” Susan’s husband, Selim Karabulut said.
Authorities stated the other victim, identified as 47-year-old Lisa McIe, was listed in critical condition after the pedestrian-car collision.
Walton was charged with reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also reported she was driving on a revoked license and registration at the time.
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