AUTRYVILLE — Gary Melvin said he couldn’t believe what happened right before his eyes Monday afternoon as he was traveling home from Fayetteville. On rain-slick roads in the heart of Autryville, Melvin witnessed a woman walk into the path of an oncoming car.
“It’s still hard to comprehend,” Melvin said in a telephone interview. “I mean, to actually witness someone get hit, it’s not something you really imagine.”
According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Torie Elaine Turner, 42, of West Clinton Street in Autryville, darted out in front a vehicle traveling west on N.C. 24 and being driven by Andrew Junior Greenfield of Isaac Road, Clinton. The incident happened around 2:40 p.m.
Turner was taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center for treatment. The extent of her injuries was not immediately known.
Melvin said Turner had a hoodie on, likely to shield herself from the rain, as she ran across the highway from the local food mart.
“That hoodie probably blocked her sight some,” Melvin acknowledged as he detailed watching the woman start across the highway even as the car made its way toward her.
“I was coming across the bridge when I saw this person running from the Lucky Stop across the road. She never slowed up, she just ran right on even though the car was coming right at her. It was raining a little bit at that time; that’s probably why she had the hoodie on.”
Melvin said it happened suddenly, with the car striking the woman and then her body rolling off the front of the vehicle.
“She was very, very lucky. It looked really bad, but then I saw her trying to get up. She was alert and talking with rescue personnel when they arrived,” Melvin said.
“I was very thankful it wasn’t any worse than it was,” he added.
An investigation into the incident is continuing.