Driver in woman's death said she exited moving SUV

Tempie Kitchin Kerr

December 30, 2010 2:39:36 PM PST
Court documents obtained by ABC11 Thursday show a man driving a vehicle involved in the death of a Raleigh woman Tuesday night told officers afterwards that they had argued, and she tried to exit the moving SUV.

Tempie Kitchin Kerr, 34, was found lying in the road at St. Mary's Street and Glenwood Avenue around 9:30 p.m. by a man who called 911.

"There is a woman laying in the street," the caller told a 911 dispatcher. "Can't tell if she was hit by a car - if jumped from a car. She is bleeding. All I did is, I was coming down the street, and I saw this woman laying here in the road and there is blood coming all over the street."

Kerr later died at the hospital.

Raleigh police have told ABC11 that they're trying to piece together what happened, but investigators don't suspect foul play.

Police say before Kerr was injured, she was in a car with 36-year-old Chadwick Whichard of 2415 Glenwood Avenue.

According to court documents obtained by ABC11 Thursday, Whichard told investigators that he was driving with his girlfriend when they began arguing.

She "attempted to exit the car while it was moving and hit her head as the vehicle was travelling 15-20 mph," says the documents.

Whichard allegedly admitted to driving after drinking six beers. The officers' report said he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and performed poorly on sobriety tests.

A test showed his blood alcohol content at .09, which is just .01 over the legal limit in North Carolina.

Whichard was charged with DWI. His next court date is scheduled for late January.

According to court records, Whichard has a number of traffic violations and pled guilty to DWI in 2003.

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