CARTERET COUNTY - A woman injured in a Carteret County wreck that killed her boyfriend is recovering at Vidant Medical Center.
"I know that they said she got a few broken ribs, she's in fairly good condition, and Daddy drowned in the car, which really hurt my feelings," said Frankie Belcher, the man's stepson.
According to hospital officials, Deborah Parker was listed in good condition at Vidant as of Monday morning.
Parker was injured in a crash on Highway 70, east of Beaufort, at about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to investigators. But her boyfriend, 55-year-old Bruce Gregory Hill, was killed.
His uncle, Louis Thomas, remembers the call.
"It was a bad accident, and the scanner said CPR was in progress," Thomas said. "Having been in rescue for 35 years, I knew exactly what they were doing."
Carteret County Reserve Deputy David Myers said he was driving behind the couple's Ford car when the vehicle began swerving.
"It looked like there was [some sort of disagreement] going on inside the car," Myers said. "The passenger door opened. It appeared that somebody tried to get out of the vehicle, the car swerved... the door shut."
Myers said he then watched the car run off the road and flip into water near the North River Bridge, close to East Carteret High School. The water there was about 2 feet deep.
"I just believe the fight in the car caused the accident," Belcher said. "I just believe that's what happened. She started to fight him, and it caused the accident."
Several good Samaritans, including Myers, jumped into the water to try to save the pair inside. But Hill, who was the driver, died after reaching the hospital, said investigators.
According to troopers, alcohol was not considered a factor in the crash.
Hill and Parker were living together in the Smyrna area, investigators said.