A Burke County man was killed, and a woman was injured, after the woman became stranded in front of his house late Wednesday night.
According to investigators, Lorrine Vaughn’s vehicle ran out of gas around 10 pm along Highway 18, just south of Morganton, in front of 49-year-old David Anderson’s home.Anderson took gas out of his own vehicle and took it out to her car.Anderson was outside helping the woman when another vehicle came around the corner and hit them.
The driver, 43-year-old Conan Hunt, was reportedly driving drunk. Hunt’s vehicle went off the roadway and wound up in a field.”I heard the impact,” said neighbor Beverly Gibson. “It shook my trailer.”Gibson said when she went to the road to see what had happened, she saw Vaughn walking in a daze looking for Anderson.
“She was running up the road saying I can’t find him, I can’t find him.”Anderson’s body was spotted near the SUV.
Anderson was killed in the collision, Vaughn was injured. She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center.Troopers charged Hunt with DWI, no insurance and driving while license revoked.A court date was sent for September to give time for toxicology tests to be completed.
More charges are possible as the investigation continues, said troopers. They expect to go to the District Attorney in the next few days to discuss other possible charges.
Troopers said it was a tragic thing for a good Samaritan to lose his life.”We are hurting,” said Anderson’s sister Tressie Bolden.She got the call at 1:30 Thursday morning from troopers advising her about what happened. She and her sister Paula Johnson said they forgive Hunt but still want justice done.As for their brother?”He was awesome,” said Johnson,” he was the best brother in the world.” “He was doing what we were taught to do, help other people,” said Bolden.