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Pedestrian struck by driver allegedly texting while driving in Kernersville

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A pedestrian was struck by a driver who was allegedly texting while driving on Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release from Kernersville police.

At about 12:45 p.m., Kernersville police officers responded to U.S. 421 near mile marker 13 on a reported motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.

A 2000 Volkswagen Golf, operated by 28-year-old Emily Leu, of Illinois, was traveling north on U.S. 421 and struck 65-year-old Onell Brown Lewis, of Mocksville, who was attempting to refuel her disabled vehicle in the emergency breakdown lane, the release said.

Lewis was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem with serious injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Leu was texting while operating the vehicle, the release said.

Leu has been charged with failure to maintain proper lane control, failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with a person, texting while driving and careless and reckless driving to endanger.

Leu is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 7.

Anyone with additional information on the incident is asked to call Kernersville police at (336) 996-3177.