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Pedestrian Dies After Hit By Pickup In Wal-Mart Parking Lot

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As drivers we must constantly be aware of our surroundings, particularly when we are driving in areas where we can expect to see pedestrians. Monday brought a tragic reminder of the deadly danger vehicles pose to pedestrians even in parking lots.

Ina Lucille Williams Lambeth, a 79-year-old lady from Asheboro, North Carolina, was struck by a car just before noon in the local Wal-Mart parking lot. Mrs. Lambeth was doing everything right. She was in the marked crossing area directly in front of the store’s doors.

A pickup driven by David Maurice Dickens was stopped at the front of one of the parking rows. Dickens turned left to cross in front of the store. When he did so, his pickup hit Mrs. Lambeth as she walked in the crossing area.

Asheboro Police Accident Report

Mrs. Lambeth was first taken to Randolph Hospital and then airlifted to Duke University Medical Center. Sadly, she later died from her injuries.

According to the police report, Mr. Dickens was charged with failure to see before turning and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Drivers should be at their most vigilant around pedestrians. In North Carolina, pedestrians always have the right of way in a parking lot. Tragedies, like the death of Lucille Lambeth, are avoidable if drivers stay on the alert.

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  1. Suzie says:
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    A very good friend of mine as well as an assistant manager at Wal-Mart told me a different account of this tragedy. She told me that Mr. Dickens “gunned” his truck to get around others walking and hit Mrs. Lambeth. In my opinion he should be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter. She had the right of way!!! He should have waited!!!