NC man charged after fatal sledding incident

Kathy Stilley Brown (Courtesy: WRAL)
Kathy Stilley Brown (Courtesy: WRAL)

KENLY, NC (WBTV) – A man was charged in eastern North Carolina after a nurse in Kenly died as a result of the injuries she sustained in a sledding wreck, WRAL.com reports.

The woman was on an old car hood with two other people that was being pulled by a pickup truck driven by the her neighbor, Michael Barnes.

The woman was seriously injured when the make-shift sled suddenly slammed into a utility pole.

The woman, Kathy Stilley Brown, 52, a nurse at Kenly Medical Associates, died in early February, WRAL-TV reported.

Barnes was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor death by vehicle, WRAL.com reported.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, pulling a sled behind a motor vehicle on the road is considered reckless driving.

Officials say people should use caution when playing outside in the snow with sleds.

During the winter months, doctors say there is a spike in the number of injuries caused by people who are sledding or being pulled on snow by fast-moving vehicles.

The injuries may include anything from serious brain injuries and facial bone fractures, to broken ribs and bruising.