UPDATE 2/13/19: Wilmington Police arrested Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 21, Tuesday evening. Lawrence is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run and driving without a license. The investigation into a hit and run revealed Lawrence intentionally attempted to strike a pedestrian, who is the father of her four children, and did strike the pedestrian with whom he was walking on Rutledge Drive last week. Magistrate Laura Barnes issued Lawrence a $25,000 unsecured bond.
WANTED: Wilmington Police are searching for Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 22, for her involvement in a hit and run that left a pedestrian with multiple injuries.
Police identified Lawrence as the driver of the suspect vehicle on Rutledge Drive Wednesday morning after receiving multiple tips from the public. The male pedestrian has been identified and has a known dating relationship with Lawrence.
Investigators located a photo of Lawrence posing with the damaged car, a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, that was posted to social media immediately after the incident.
Police obtained warrants for Lawrence for assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run failure to give information/aid to personal injury, and driving without a license.
WPD issued a public statement on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 in regards to the initial incident where a surveillance camera nearby captured the entire scene on camera.
The victim told officers she was walking back from the store with an acquaintance when she heard a horn honking and saw the man whom she was walking with jump out of the way around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle was then believed to have intentionally swerved off the roadway to strike the pedestrians. The suspect struck the victim on her right hip, launching her into the air several feet, before landing her on her left side. The victim suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees.
After nearly being struck, the male pedestrian fled the scene and did not return to provide his information.
Video received from Wilmington PD.
Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear, in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the woman who is seen on video purposely striking the pedestrian with her car on Rutledge Drive Wednesday morning and then fleeing the scene.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip to remain anonymous.