UPDATE: March 25th – According to Detective Sgt. Scott Hettinger, “The pedestrian victims involved in the fatal collision were related as grandmother and grandchild. The adult pedestrian victim is identified as Catherine Hagelstein a 56-year-old female and the juvenile pedestrian victim is identified as Cora Kruger a 1-year-old female, both of 424 Inlet Acres Dr., Wilmington, N.C. The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision is identified as Heather Ligotino a 39-year-old female of 7809 Huron Dr., Wilmington N.C. At this time there is no impairment of drugs or alcohol suspected. The location of the vehicle and pedestrian collision did occur within a marked crosswalk. The adult victim has injuries which have been reported as non-life threatening. Currently, the Carolina Beach Police Department is still investigating the collision and charges to the driver are Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle and Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian. Today the driver, Heather Ligotino has been arrested for the above charges and taken before the New Hanover County Magistrates Office where she officially charged and subsequently released by the Magistrate on a written promise to appear.”
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. : Friday March 22nd – A child has passed away following an accident Friday morning in Carolina Beach when a Jeep hit the female child and a woman.
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.