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By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents between Nov. 8 and Nov. 14 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

Nov. 8

1:01 p.m.

Highway 221

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 about four miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Jason James Bickford of West Jefferson was traveling north when the vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left, struck a fence, a tree and then a barn. The vehicle came to a rest inside the barn after impact.

Bickford refused medical transport. One passenger, Angela Lynn Bickford of West Jefferson, was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 1996 Honda involved had an estimated $3,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The fence and barn belonging to Jeff Badger of Jefferson had about $5,000 in damages.

Bickford was cited for driving left of center.

Nov. 9

11:42 a.m.

Highway 163

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 163 about five miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Callie Faith Shepherd of Fleetwood was traveling west when the vehicle ran of the road to the right, struck an embankment, overturned and then hit a tree.

Shepherd was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 2008 Chevrolet involved had about $5,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Shepherd was cited for exceeding safe speed.

1:25 p.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident took place on Highway 221 about a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Joseph William Kennedy of Independence, Virginia was traveling south and slowed for traffic ahead. A vehicle driven by Johnny Ray Ham of Jefferson was unable to slow down and struck the rear of Kennedy’s vehicle.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Ham’s 1997 GMC had about $500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Kennedy’s 2006 Chevrolet had about $4,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Ham was cited for failure to reduce speed.

2:40 p.m.

Warrensville

A parking lot collision happened at Blue Ridge Elementary School. According to the narrative, a vehicle driven by Tammy Mahafey Tavares of West Jefferson rolled back into a vehicle driven by Jessica Louise Bunton of Lansing.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Tavares’ 2001 GMC had about $600 in damages but was considered drivable.

Bunton’s 2003 Oldsmobile had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Nov. 10

1:23 a.m.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on J. Taylor Road, a private drive in West Jefferson off of Will Vannoy Road. According to the narrative, Danille Marie Killian of Newark, Delaware was traveling south when the vehicle ran off the road to the right and struck a utility pole and telephone box. Killian left the scene of the accident.

The 1999 Jeep involved had an estimated $4,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The utility pole belonging to Blue Ridge Electric in West Jefferson had about $3,000 in damages.

The telephone utility box belonging to Skyline had about $3,000 in damages.

Killian was charged with driving while intoxicated, hit and run and driving without a license.

Nov. 11

6:00 a.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 221 less than a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Ronald Lee Houck of West Jefferson was attempting a right turn onto Highway 221 from Nettle Knob Road when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Rikki Michelle Pennington of Crumpler.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Houck’s 2003 Ford had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Pennington’s 1999 Subaru had about $2,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Houck was cited for driving left of center.

10:01 a.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident took place on Highway 221 about four miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Ricky Dean Weaver of Fleetwood was attempting to turn right onto a private driveway. Weaver crossed the center line and was completely in the southbound lane to make the right turn. A vehicle driven by Kena Dawn Patrick of West Jefferson started to pass Weaver’s vehicle when Weaver turned and struck Patrick’s vehicle.

Both drivers were uninjured.

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

Patrick’s 1999 Lexus had bout $500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Weaver was cited for an unsafe movement.

Nov. 13

3:00 p.m.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 about three miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Hunter Lee Luther of Jefferson was traveling north and ran off the road to the right, striking a guardrail and overturning. The report also stated that Luther has never had a North Carolina driver’s license.

Luther was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 2003 Mitsubishi had approximately $6,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The guardrail had about $900 in damages.

Luther was cited for driving without a license and a lane control violation.

3:10 p.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 about three miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Nicholas Blake Johnson of West Jefferson was traveling north and stopped for traffic ahead. A vehicle driven by Maggie Allison Witherspoon of Jefferson was not able to slow down in time and struck Johnson’s vehicle in the rear.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Witherspoon’s 2010 Honda had an estimated $2,800 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Johnson’s 2000 Jeep had an estimated $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Witherspoon was cited for failure to reduce speed.

3:15 p.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle collision happened on Highway 221 about seven miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Samantha Christine Johnson of West Jefferson was stopped for traffic in the southbound lane. A vehicle driven by Jessie David Earp of West Jefferson could not get slowed down in time and struck Johnson’s vehicle in the rear.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Earp’s 2008 Ford had about $800 in damages but was considered drivable.

Johnson’s 2005 Dodge had about $500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Earp was cited for failure to reduce speed.

Nov. 14

5:15 a.m.

Highway 163

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 163 about 7.5 miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Christopher Ray Scercy of Millers Creek was traveling east when the vehicle ran off the road and struck a guardrail. Scercy left the scene on foot and was located at his residence. Scercy stated that he fell asleep prior to the collision.

The 2014 Nissan involved had an estimated $10,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The guardrail had about $1,800 in damages.

Scercy was cited for reckless driving and failing to report a collision.

11:17 a.m.

Lansing

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 194 in Lansing. According to the narrative, Kenneth Darrell Holman of Whitetop, Virginia was approaching the three-way stop sign in Lansing. The vehicle was making a left turn but ran off the right side of the road while making the turn. Holman’s vehicle came back onto the road, crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Judith Falk Tedford of Lansing. Holman stated that the brake pedal went to the floor as he got to the intersection. According to the investigating officer, the pedal pressure was very slow to pump up when checked.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Holman’s 1977 Chevrolet had about $3,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Tedford’s 2010 Mazda had about $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Holman was cited for driving left of center.

12:25 p.m.

Jefferson

An animal collision happened on Old Highway 16 about five miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Roger Leon Poe of Lansing was traveling south when the vehicle struck a deer that ran into the road.

Poe was uninjured.

The 2009 Toyota involved had about $2,200 in damages but was considered drivable.

4:24 p.m.

Glendale Springs

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 16 near the Highway 163 intersection. According to the narrative, Natasha Lynn McClure of Jefferson was traveling south on Highway 16 and ran off the road to the right and struck a guardrail. McClure stated that she swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle that was completely left of center.

McClure was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 2007 Toyota involved had about $2,400 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

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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