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ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents that occurred between May 17 and May 23 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

May 17

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened at 6:53 p.m. on Old Highway 16 about a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, a vehicle driven by Wilma Carpenter May of Jefferson was attempting to make a left turn out of the parking lot of Bristol Baptist Church when a vehicle driven by Michael Thomas Cozart Sr. of Lansing crossed the center line attempting to avoid a collision, but the two vehicles still collided.

Both drivers were uninjured.

May’s 2003 Ford had an estimated $2,200 in damages but was considered drivable.

Cozart’s 2001 Ford had an estimated $1,800 in damages but was considered drivable.

May was cited for a safe movement violation.

May 21

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened at 5:34 p.m. on Highway 163 about three miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Alberto Crisosto Pena of Winston-Salem was traveling south when the vehicle had to swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle that was attempting to make a turn onto a side road. Pena ran off the road to the right and hit a guardrail.

Pena refused medical transport.

The 1997 Toyota involved had about $3,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Pena was cited for a lane control violation.

Lansing

An animal collision took place at 8:56 p.m. on Highway 194 about two miles from Lansing. According to the narrative, Susan Knight Poe of Lansing was traveling north when the vehicle struck a deer and ran off the road to the right.

Poe was uninjured.

The 2015 Kia involved had approximately $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

May 22

Highway 16

An animal collision happened at 9:15 p.m. about 10 miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Melissa Elaine Testerman of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia was traveling north when the vehicle struck a deer that ran into the road.

The 2006 Ford involved had about $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

May 23

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident occurred at 11:29 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 221 and Highway 16 about three miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, a vehicle driven by Linda Eldreth Cooper was sitting at the stop sign with another vehicle driven by Steven Brett Lewis sitting behind her. Cooper backed her vehicle up into Lewis’s vehicle.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Cooper’s 2003 Jeep had about $400 in damages but was considered drivable.

Lewis’s 2011 Honda had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Cooper was cited for unsafe movement.

Highway 194

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 194 about seven miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Lisa Miller Haynes of Winston-Salem was attempting to make a turn into a private driveway when a vehicle driven by Matthew Wayne Darnell of Lansing could not get stopped in time and collided with Haynes’s vehicle.

Both drivers and a passenger, Christopher Scott Bledsoe of West Jefferson, were uninjured.

Haynes’s 2006 Saturn had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Darnell’s 2004 Toyota had about $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Darnell was cited for failure to reduce speed.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened at 7:44 p.m. on Highway 88 about three miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Tiffany Ann Stamm of West Jefferson was traveling west when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road in a curve and struck an embankment. The vehicle overturned and came to a rest on its top in the roadway.

Stamm and a passenger, William Trevor Hartzog of West Jefferson were transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 1990 Honda involved had an estimated $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Stamm was cited for failure to maintain lane of travel.

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