Wilmington woman pleads guilty to 2014 fatal hit-and-run

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Susan Diana Tumidaj
Susan Diana Tumidaj

A Wilmington woman was sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison for her role in a fatal hit-and-run reported last year.

Susan Diana Tumidaj, 39, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in New Hanover County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Tumidaj pleaded guilty to the death of 59-year-old Albert Matthew Cox, who died from injuries sustained in a wreck reported at the intersection of North Third and Market streets in downtown Wilmington on Dec. 30, 2014, according to a spokeswoman with the Wilmington Police Department.

Tumidaj reportedly struck Cox, who was driving a moped on Market Street, and then fled the scene. Cox was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated, but died from his injuries on Jan. 6.

As part of her plea agreement, all other charges–including felony death by vehicle, felony hit-and-run with serious injury or death and driving while impaired–were dismissed, according to Assistant District Attorney Doug Carriker.

Tumidaj also faces unrelated charges of driving while impaired and other traffic violations in New Hanover County District Court.