Friend has fond memories of retired Norfolk teacher run over on Rodanthe beach


(LAURA) WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT A 70- YEAR-OLD WOMAN KILLED IN RODANTHE OVER THE WEEKEND. MARTHA “MIKE” DEMONTPELLIER WAS RUN OVER BY A LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT TRUCK SATURDAY – WHILE SHE WAS LYING ON THE BEACH. SHE DIED AT THE SCENE. (STEPHANIE) TODAY 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S CHRIS HORNE SPOKE WITH HER CLOSE FRIEND AND FORMER CO-WORKER. (CHRIS) I TALKED WITH A WOMAN WHO’S KNOWN HER FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS THROUGH THE NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS SYSTEM – SHE SAYS MIKE WAS LOVING LIFE AFTER HER RECENT RETIREMENT. (CHRIS) MIKE DEMONTPELLIER’S CLOSE FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE SAYS SHE WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR OF HER DEATH. THE DARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING. HER FRIEND BETH CURRY HAS NOTHING BUT FOND MEMORIES OF THIS MOTHER OF TWO AND GRANDMOTHER OF TWO, AND A MESSAGE FROM MIKE’S FAMILY. (CHRIS HORNE) BETH CURRY / FRIEND — SHE DID NOT SEEM HER AGE. I’VE SAID ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS SHE WAS ONE OF THE COOLEST PEOPLE I KNEW AND THE COOLEST FRIEND THAT I DEMONTPELLIER IS DEVASTATING. BETH CURRY / FRIEND — IT WAS JUST SHOCKING. I MEAN, SHE WAS JUST SO FULL OF LIFE. IT’S SO HARD TO IMAGINE SOMETHING SO SENSELESS HAPPENING TO A CLOSE FRIEND ACCORDING TO THE DARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE A 70 YEAR OLD WOMAN DIED SATURDAY AFTERNOON ON THE BEACH AT RODANTHE. SHE HAD BEEN RUN OVER BY A PICKUP TRUCK FROM THE CHICAMACOMICO BANKS FIRE DEPARTMENT. DEMONTPELLIER DIED AT THE SCENE AND HER DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. CURRY SAYS THE FAMILY KNOWS FEW DETAILS. BETH CURRY / FRIEND — EXCEPT IT WAS JUST AN ACCIDENT. I’M DON’T THINK AT THIS POINT ANYBODY IS SURE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED CURRY SAYS DEMONTPELLIER WAS AN ACE HISTORY TEACHER AND LATER ADMINISTRATOR IN THE NORFOLK SCHOOL SYSTEM WHO WOULD STAY IN THE SAME RODANTHE COTTAGE SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. BETH CURRY / FRIEND — SHE LOVED ANIMALS, SHE HAD A DOG LULU WHO RECENTLY PASSED AND LULU WOULD ALWAYS GO TO THE BEACH WITH HER DEMONTPELLIER’S SON GAVE CURRY A STATEMENT TO READ FROM MIKE’S FAMILY, WHICH READ IN PART… BETH CURRY / FRIEND — (STATEMENT FROM FAMILY) SHE ILLUMINATED EVERY ROOM SHE ENTERED AND EVERY LIFE SHE KNOWING THAT SHE PASSED IN HER FAVORITE PLACE, WITH THE WIND IN HER HAIR BEACH, IT WAS HER FAVORITE PLACE TO BE (CHRIS) A COMMENTER POSTED ON THE DARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S FACEBOOK PAGE THAT THE TRUCK WAS ON THE WAY TO AN OCEAN RESCUE WHEN DEMONTPELLIER WAS RUN OVER. WE’RE WORKING TO CONFIRM THAT – AND WILL RELEASE ANY NEW DETAILS WE GET FROM THE SHERIFF.

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