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Woman, child struck by vehicle outside hospital; driver charged with DWI

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A child is in critical condition after police say she was struck early Wednesday, along with her mother, by a driver later charged with DWI.long

Police say Melissa Flynn had just placed her 10-month-old child, Aubrey, in a stroller and was walking up to the emergency room at Alamance Regional Medical Center around 2:42 a.m. Wednesday when they were both struck by a 1996 Nissan Sentra driven by Stormie Vancil.

Police say the child went under the vehicle and the mother was knocked onto the hood.

Vancil was reportedly driving in the marked travel lane of the parking lot, but was “driving over the line.”

Police say Vancil’s boyfriend was in the car with her, and say they were “possibly arguing” at the time of the accident.

After further investigation, police charged Vancil with driving while impaired. Her bond is set at $7,500.

Flynn was treated and released from the hospital. The child was airlifted to UNC Hospitals and is in critical condition.

This incident is still being investigated.

Anyone with information should call the Burlington Police Department is asking for you to call 336-229-3530 or Crime-stoppers at 336-229-7100.

25 comments

  • Unique

    When someone commits a crime, the judge has the right to hand out the punishment a 7,500 bail is a slap on the hand. There is a baby girl in critical condition due to this lady driving intoxicated. My prayers are for this baby girl and her mom.

    • Justin Ludwig

      Same here. Its a crying shame when even a first timer gets off so easy. Let her grow some marijuana and she will go down much harder. Hell they would take everything she has! Kill a kid (possibly..and her life isn’t going to be all rainbows and sunshine after this) and do it while driving drunk and go home the next day.

  • payne

    The women do not a bond and shouldn’t have a second chance in reality cause she don’t look like she was anyway

  • bella07

    It won’t be long before she is right back out there on the roads to run over someone else.This woman should never be allowed to drive again!!

  • FaithC

    My thoughts go out to this family. I hope the child recovers completely. As for the driver…jail time for her. Will she get any? Laws are not harsh enough for people who drink or do drugs and drive.

  • Michael Koser

    $7500.00???? What a joke. $75000.00 would closer to the correct bond. Just another example of the low life criminals getting away with murder (at least I hope not). This judge should be ashamed.

    • news2me

      No….$750,000 would be better. I get so P-od…everytime I read about these useless DUI Drivers. UGH!!

  • anom

    this is what happen when ER’s are abused for their use!!!! someone should take and run over her !!!! Children & animals have no RIGHTS!!!!!

  • Another Opinion

    My issue is with the mother. Regardless of whether or not the driver had been drinking, she stepped into moving traffic with a child in a stroller. In my opinion, this is a classic case of a pedestrian stepping into an auto lane expecting the driver to see you and be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you–this has become a trend, and it’s annoying, unsafe and unwise. Luckily for the mother, the driver had consumed alcohol, and we all know that where or not the driver did anything wrong, if they have alcohol in their system, they will automatically be held responsible; whether or not they are truly impaired.

    My question is would the mother have been charged with child endangerment, had the driver not been drinking? Afterall, the onus is on her to proceed cautiously acroos traffic lanes to ensure the safety of her child.

    • anom

      No matter what you think…PEDESTREIAN have the right of way…That a heavy piece of equipment…and a stroller or human dont stand a chance

  • Another Opinion--correction

    My issue is with the mother. Regardless of whether or not the driver had been drinking, she stepped into moving traffic with a child in a stroller. In my opinion, this is a classic case of a pedestrian stepping into an auto lane expecting the driver to see you and be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you–this has become a trend, and it’s annoying, unsafe and unwise. Luckily for the mother, the driver had consumed alcohol, and we all know that whether or not the driver did anything wrong, if they have alcohol in their system, they will automatically be held responsible; whether or not they are truly impaired.

    My question is would the mother have been charged with child endangerment, had the driver not been drinking? Afterall, the onus is on her to proceed cautiously across traffic lanes to ensure the safety of her child.

    When I was younger, I was taught to wait for traffic to clear before crossing a traffic lane. Today, however, pedestrians will see you coming, and continue into your path, with the expectation that you will see them, and that you will stop. This case is a classic example of tragic consequences that will and can occur.

    • Sandy

      I am glad you learned how to cross the street . Now all you need to do is learn how to read and understand facts before you go showing you ignorance to the world . THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!

  • Tiffany

    Also the girl received more charges according to the newspaper. She is now with the bond of $500,000 according to the Times News.

  • Tiffany

    Just to let another opinion know, the mother had her baby beside the car in the stroller. The driver was intoxicated and speeding in the parking lot. So therefore, as the mother, she took care of her child. Dont you think if she knew the driver was going to hit her, she would have prevented even being at the hospital in the first place. I am very glad that you received the teaching of how to cross the street, maybe next you will be able to be taught how to use common sense. We need to be blaming the one that was INTOXICATED AND SPEEDING in a parking lot, especially the emergency room parking lot at that. If you watch the video, the girl was crossing over the traffic lane as well. But no, once again you have people like you that need to be taught that it was the wrong thing for the girl to be even driving drunk. I guess it takes situations like this to hit your family in order for you to realize what this mother is going through. Prayers for this family at this time and idiots like you who need sense.

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