Woman tells court ‘I’m truly sorry’ after DOT worker lost legs in accident

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Morrisville woman charged in a traffic incident that injured two North Carolina Department of Transportation workers is facing additional felony charges.

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Angela Roland Bathea, 44, has been charged with driving while impaired and two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle, new warrants show.

She appeared before a Wake County judge Tuesday afternoon. Asked if she wanted to say anything to the court, she said in a low voice, “I am truly sorry.”

She also told the court she goes by her married name, Bathea, and not Roland.

Bathea was previously charged under a section of the state’s “move-over” law in connection with the April incident.

Police say Bathea’s Toyota car slammed into a DOT truck on the shoulder of I-440 East near the Capital Boulevard interchange.

Darrick Bridges, 44, was struck and pinned between the car and a DOT truck, Raleigh Police said. Kelly Lewis, 46, was struck by the car and knocked over a highway guardrail, police said.

Both of Bridges’ legs had to be amputated.

Bathea’s driving record indicates five previous accidents between 2003 and 2015.

RELATED: GoFundMe to benefit Darrick Bridges

Bathea’s boyfriend previously stated that Bathea blacked out.

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