Pedestrian standing near bus stop hit by SUV, dies

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Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have identified a pedestrian who was struck and killed near a Wilmington intersection.

Virginia Sorbino, 52, of Wilmington, was hit by a vehicle near the intersection of South 10th and Dawson streets at about 12:50 p.m. Friday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Sorbino was standing near a 10th Street bus stop just before the intersection when she was hit, Lindsay said. When officers arrived on scene, they found the suspect vehicle – a Lincoln SUV – had crashed into the side of a house located in the 800 block of South 10th Street, on the opposite side of the intersection from where the victim was hit.

The initial investigation revealed the SUV was traveling north on 10th Street, veered to the left and struck the pedestrian. The SUV the cut across three lanes of Dawson Street at the intersection, and then barreled into the side of the home. The home was unoccupied, but three house pets were rescued from inside the home.

Christopher Eugene Bowden
Christopher Eugene Bowden

Sorbino died at the scene, Lindsay said. The driver of the Lincoln – 54-year-old Christopher Eugene Bowden, of Wilmington – was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and cited for driving left of center.

The intersection was blocked for about three hours Friday afternoon, as investigators and emergency responders worked to clear the scene. The incident is still under investigation. Police are working to get surveillance video to determine more details about the wreck, Lindsay said.

Bowden was released Friday from the New Hanover County Jail on a $1,000 bail.