Teen fatally hits wheelchair-bound woman crossing street

Submitted by Sharon Smith
Monday, January 21st, 2013, 12:12pm

KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV)- Police in Kannapolis say a wheelchair-bound woman was killed on Sunday night after being hit by a teen driving a sports car while she attempted to cross the street.

According to police, the accident happened at the intersection of North Cannon Boulevard and Solutions Works Drive around 6:30 p.m. Sunday night.

The woman, 60-year-old Dee Christy Shuping, was a resident of Britthaven of Kannapolis, an assisted living facility. Officers told WBTV that Shuping died on the scene from her injuries.

According to police, a 17-year-old Kannapolis man was driving the vehicle which hit Shuping.

“Based on witness statements and evidence collection, it appeared that [Shuping] attempted to cross the south bound lanes while the traffic signals would not allow her to cross,” police released in a statement on Monday morning.

No charges have been filed against the driver. Officers say neither speed nor alcohol is suspected as contributors to this accident.

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