Ashe County wreck report


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents that occurred between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

Aug. 31

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened at 4:05 p.m. at the intersection of Mt. Jefferson Road and Highway 221. According to the narrative, a vehicle driven by Heather Houser Roark of West Jefferson was stopped at a stop sign when a vehicle driven by James Robert Miller of West Jefferson struck Roark’s vehicle in the rear.

Miller was uninjured. Roark and two minor passengers were transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Miller’s 2001 Ford had about $200 in damages but was considered drivable.

Roark’s 2010 Nissan had about $1,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Miller was cited for failure to reduce speed.

Jefferson

A parking lot collision between two vehicles happened at 4:42 p.m. in the Food Lion parking lot. According to the narrative, Frederick Carlyle Reynolds of Glendale Springs was parked in the parking lot facing south while a vehicle driven by Claude Burl Neaves of Jefferson was sitting in a parked car facing south. Reynold’s started pulling out of the parking spot and collided with Neaves’ vehicle. Neaves stated that his car was in park with the engine turned off. The vehicle was parked in a position that would appear that the vehicle was backing out of its parked position.

Both drivers and a passenger, Lena Church Neaves of Jefferson, were uninjured.

Reynolds’ 2000 Dodge had no damage.

Neaves’ 2012 Toyota had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Highway 88

An animal collision happened at 8:23 p.m. on Highway 88 near Creston. According to the narrative, Bonnie Holman Roark of Creston was traveling east when her vehicle struck a deer that ran into the roadway.

Roark was uninjured.

The 1997 Ford involved had an estimated $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Sept. 1

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident took place at 7:54 a.m. on Highway 163 less than a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Jennifer Renee Walters of West Jefferson was attempting to make a left turn into the parking lot of Blue Ridge Energies when she failed to yield the right of way to a semi truck and trailer driven by Eric Zane Sexton Jr., of Lansing, that was traveling west. Walters’ vehicle struck the side of Sexton’s truck. The truck ran off the road to the right and overturned on its left side.

Sexton refused medical transport.

Walters was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Sexton’s 1989 Peterbilt had $20,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Walters’ 2014 Honda had about $10,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Walters was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Sept. 4

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident took place at 5:15 p.m. on Highway 88 about two miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Tyler Anthony Eller of Creston was traveling west when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, struck a mailbox and then struck a telephone junction box.

Eller was uninjured.

The 1994 Toyota involved had about $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The mailbox belonging to Danford Jones of Warrensville had about $100 in damages.

The telephone junction box owned by Skyline had about $1,500 in damages.

No citations were issued.

Sept. 5

Creston

A single-vehicle accident happened at 5:32 p.m. on Big Laurel Road in Creston. According to the narrative, Peter Daniel Herman of Elizabethton, Tennessee was traveling north when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch and then hit a rock. Herman stated that a vehicle traveling south ran him off the road.

Herman was uninjured.

The 2016 Chevrolet involved had approximately $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Idlewild Road

An animal collision happened at 9:03 p.m. on Idlewild Road about 11 miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Megan Gale Neaves of West Jefferson was traveling east when her vehicle struck a deer that ran into the road.

Neaves and a passenger, Christy Michelle Pennington of West Jefferson, refused medical transport.

The 2008 Ford involved had an estimated $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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By Nathan Ham

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