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In Chapel Hill, a driver Norma Martin has been charged in an incident that gravely wounded two young pedestrians



Following a collision that critically wounded two young pedestrians, a motorist has been arrested.

Norma Martin, 69, of Durham, was charged by the Chapel Hill Police Department on Wednesday with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a plainly posted crosswalk or routine pedestrian crossing.


The collision occurred on Estes Drive on December 31. Martin’s SUV struck two students, aged 13 and 14, as they walked south across Estes Drive toward Caswell Road at the entrance to Guy B. Phillips Middle School, according to police.


According to police, westbound drivers gave way to pedestrians, but Martin, who was driving east toward Franklin Street, did not. Martin remained at the accident site after it occurred.

The 13-year-old is still in critical condition at UNC Hospitals.

The 14-year-old child is recuperating from significant injuries after being released from UNC Hospitals.


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