Alcohol a contributing factor in woman's death, autopsy says

From Staff ReportsMarch 9, 2011 

— A Raleigh woman found fatally injured last December on St. Mary's Street had been drinking, which likely contributed to her death, according to an autopsy report.

Tempie Kitchin Kerr, 34, was found by a group of motorists lying face down on the pavement just after 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 28. She died the next morning from her injuries.

One of the motorists who stopped to help Kerr told an emergency dispatcher that moments before a car had sped past him. The man Kerr lived with, Chadwick Ryan Whichard, 36, was charged with driving while impaired. Police said the two had been having a domestic disagreement.

According to the autopsy report released by the office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Kerr suffered blunt force injuries to her head, torso and extremities.

The autopsy attributed her death to complications from her head injuries with her alcohol level a "likely contributing factor." Her blood alcohol level was measured at .08.

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