JEFFERSON-A man riding a moped was killed Friday night in a single vehicle crash on Frank Dillard Road.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Mark Anthony Taylor, 54, of Jefferson, was traveling north on Frank Dillard Road when he traveled off the road to the left, went over an embankment and into a creek. Little Naked Creek runs alongside much of Frank Dillard Road.
NC State Trooper WP Miller was dispatched to the scene shortly before 8 p.m. May 27. Miller estimated the distance from the roadway to the creek at 12-15 feet. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene, Miller said.
According to an online obituary, Taylor was born in Ashe County in 1961 to Charles Edward Taylor, Sr., and Helen Louise Trivette Kelley. He served in the United States Navy, where he became disabled.
He is survived by his mother, his father and stepmother Jessie Taylor, of West Jefferson, along with two brothers, Charles Edward Taylor, Jr. of Crumpler and David Taylor, of Crossnore.
Services for Taylor are scheduled for June 1.