KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WAVY) — Police say charges are pending after a pickup truck hit a group of people walking in Kitty Hawk Monday afternoon, killing two adults and injuring a child.
The Kitty Hawk Police Department said in a Facebook post a group of six people were walking south along the shoulder of N.C. Highway 12 near Maynard Street around 2:30 p.m. when they were hit from behind.
A man and a woman were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where they later died.
A child who was also hit was treated and released from The Outer Banks Hospital, police said.
Police identified the two killed as 37-year-old Alan Nicolette Jr. and 40-year-old Holly Nicolette, a husband and wife from Mechanicsville.
The driver of the truck possibly fell asleep at the wheel or suffered some kind of medical incident. The driver was also taken to The Outer Banks Hospital where they were admitted for observation, police said.
A spokesperson with Hanover County Public Schools tells WAVY sister station WRIC that Holly Nicolette was a teacher at South Anna Elementary School.
Nicolette was a 4th and 5th-grade teacher at the school for 13 years.
Superintendent, Dr. Michael Gill, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
“We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of Holly Nicolette and her husband. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones for their devastating and unimaginable loss. We are grateful for her dedicated service to Hanover County Public Schools and the positive impact that she had on the lives of her students and colleagues. We will provide extra support to our students and staff as they return to school on Monday and begin dealing with this incredibly sad loss.”