LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man has been arrested and charged with hitting a Lumberton woman with an SUV and then fleeing, the state Highway Patrol said.
Ronald J. Dudley, 38, of Lot No. 3 in Victoria Estates on Meadow Road, is charged with felony hit-and-run and fictitious information in the June 11 incident during which Shannon Edwards Bisbee, 39, of Long Branch Drive, was seriously injured. The owner of the black Dodge SUV led authorities to Dudley, who was driving, 1st Sgt. Ardeen Hunt said. Dudley is out of jail on an $11,000 secured bond.
Bisbee remains in Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where she is in fair condition, a hospital spokesperson said Monday. Sandra McDonald, Bisbee’s mother, said Bisbee has a broken collarbone and is scheduled to undergo surgery for injuries to her left foot and ankle.
“She is recuperating, but the broken bones are going to take a while,” she said.
Bisbee was walking east on N.C. 72 at about 9:50 p.m. when the SUV hit her from behind, according to the report by Trooper M.J. Conner. The vehicle was traveling an estimated 40 mph in the 55-mph zone.
McDonald said the impact left her daughter lying in the middle of the road. Several motorists saw the accident and stopped to direct traffic around Bisbee until authorities arrived, she said.
The impact damaged the SUV’s right front headlight and quarter panel, and knocked off the passenger side mirror, which authorities recovered from the scene.
“She remembers a little bit up until the police and ambulance came and nothing until she was in the hospital,” McDonald said. “I think moving her to put her into the ambulance caused her so much pain that it may have been a reflex to lose consciousness.
“I just want to ask how anyone can be so inhumane as to not stop when they hit a human being,” she said.