PLYMOUTH, WASHINGTON COUNTY - Investigators said a Plymouth council member's truck hit a 14-year-old girl so hard, the impact knocked the teeth out of the victim. Now, the lawmaker is facing DWI and hit-and-run charges.
According to the Highway Patrol, Aneka C. Gibson was heading home from her mother's house with her preteen son in the car, when she hit the victim. The accident happened on East Main Street at about 7 p.m. Thursday.
The victim, described as a 14-year-old Hispanic girl, was walking on the correct side of the road (towards traffic) when she was hit, said Sgt. B.P. Daniel with the Highway Patrol. She suffered severe facial trauma and lost teeth. Investigators also had to remove the victim's hair from the truck's antenna, Sgt. Daniel said. The teen was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Troopers said Gibson drove away from the scene. When authorities caught up with her later that evening, she blew a .27 on a breathalyzer test, according to investigators.
"Ms. Gibson was extremely impaired, there's no doubt about that," said Sgt. Daniel. "She blew a .27 on the intoximeter, which is more than three times the legal limit."
Gibson faces seven charges, including DWI, felony hit and run, fictitious tag, and having no insurance or inspection. She was taken into custody at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday under a $10,000 secured bond, troopers said. Gibson has since bonded out of jail.
Despite the allegations, Plymouth Mayor Brian Roth said there will be no change to Gibson's councilwoman status, at least for now.
"My understanding is the only time that something would change is if there's a conviction for a felony charge," Mayor Roth said.
Plymouth Police were initially handling the case, but turned the investigation over to the Highway Patrol due to Gibson's current standing as a Plymouth council member.