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Police wait for suspect in bike death, arson to get out of hospital


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are waiting for a woman to get out of the hospital before charging her for two incidents yesterday.

Police have warrants for Christina Maria Marcotte, 59, of Wilmington. Marcotte was admitted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center yesterday after being involved in a traffic a fatality around noon.

Investigators will charge Marcotte with felony death by motor vehicle in the death of Robert Bennett Byrd, 49, of Wilmington. Witnesses told police that Marcotte was driving the SUV that hit Byrd yesterday at the intersection of 4th and Greenfield streets. Byrd, who was riding a bicycle when he was hit, was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and died as a result of his injuries.

Police have also issued a warrant for first degree arson against Marcotte. Investigators believe she set her bedroom on fire yesterday before the crash at 4th and Greenfield streets.

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