Pedestrian struck and killed in Kill Devil Hills ; driver arrested

Donald S. McClanning [Photo courtesy Kill Devil Hills police]

A 36-year-old Kill Devil Hills man was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver late Thursday as he tried to crossed U.S. 158, police say.

The incident happened at 10:34 p.m. as a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Donald S. McClanning, Jr., 55, of Kill Devil Hills was traveling south on the bypass approaching Sportsman Drive, Kill Devil Hills police Capt. John Towler said in a news release.

At the same time, Corey M. Feickert, 36, also of Kill Devil Hills was walking west across U.S. 158 at the Sportsman Drive intersection. McClanning struck Feickert before Feickert could make it across the road, Towler said.

Feickert was taken to Outer Banks Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his severe injuries.

During the investigation, officers determined McClanning was impaired. He was arrested for DWI and blood was drawn for testing, Towler said. The blood will be sent to the State Crime Lab for testing and no results are available at this time.

McClanning was charged with DWI and felony death by motor vehicle. He was given a $30,000 bond.
There is no traffic control signal or crosswalk at the intersection of US 158 and Sportsman. The medical examiner’s report on Feickert is pending.

“The department would like to acknowledge the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, the KDH Fire Department and Dare County EMS for their efforts at the scene and, of course, the professional work of our Dare County telecommunicators,” Towler said.

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