Ashe County wreck report


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents between May 22 and May 28 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

May 22

11:15 a.m.

Creston

A single-vehicle accident happened on N. Flatwoods Road in Creston. According to the narrative, Woodrow Pate of Creston was traveling north when a tree fell from the right side of the road and struck Pate’s vehicle.

Pate was uninjured.

The 2012 Ford involved had about $10,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

May 23

9:31 a.m.

Creston

A single-vehicle accident happened on N. Flatwoods Road in Creston. According to the narrative, Andrew Jackson Denny of Creston was traveling south and lost braking on a steep grade. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road prior to a sharp left-handed curve. The vehicle overturned in the curve and came to a rest on its top. Denny stated the brake pedal went to the floor prior to the collision and the investigating officer, Trooper R.K. Aldridge, confirmed the driver’s statement.

Denny and one passenger, Docia May Denny of Creston, were transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 1969 GMC involved had approximately $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

May 25

9:52 a.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 163 about four miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Megan Nicole Glover of West Jefferson was stopped on Nettle Knob Road. Glover attempted to make a left hand turn onto Highway 163 and failed to yield to the oncoming vehicle and was struck by Charles Brantley Burket of Jefferson.

Both drivers and one passenger, Ann Burket of Jefferson, were uninjured.

Glover’s 2007 Mini Cooper had about $3,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Burket’s 2005 Buick had about $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Glover was cited for failure to yield.

May 26

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 16 near Old Wilkesboro Road about five miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Joshua Mikeal Shell of Ferguson was traveling north when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, striking a guardrail. Shell stated that he swerved to miss a deer.

Shell was uninjured.

The 1999 Toyota involved had approximately $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Shell was cited for a lane control violation.

May 27

5:24 p.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 near Claybank Road about two miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Kevin Lee Roberts of Warrensville and John Robert Vanderheyden of Mountain City, Tennessee were traveling north. Roberts slowed for traffic ahead. Vanderheyden could not slow in time and struck Roberts’ vehicle in the rear.

Both drivers and two children were uninjured.

Vanderheyden’s 1997 Dodge had about $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Roberts’ 1998 Toyota had about $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Vanderheyden was cited for failure to reduce speed.

7:15 p.m.

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 near the intersection of Highway 194 about a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Kevin Daniel Greer of Creston was traveling west when the vehicle ran off the road to the right and struck a utility pole and telephone box before overturning into a creek.

Greer was uninjured.

The 1995 Honda involved had an estimated $4,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The utility pole and telephone box belonging to Skyline had about $800 in damages.

Greer was cited for failure to maintain lane of travel.

7:56 p.m.

Jefferson

A moped accident happened on Frank Dillard Road about four miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Mark Anthony Taylor of Jefferson was traveling north when the moped ran off the road to the left, overturned down an embankment, struck a rock and came to a rest in the creek.

Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 2015 Jazzi Moped involved had about $1,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

May 28

4:32 p.m.

Crumpler

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 16 near Greensboro Road in Crumpler. According to the narrative, Gregory Lee Testerman of Grassy Creek and Jon Andrew Howell of Crumpler were traveling north. Testerman slowed for traffic ahead but Howell could not slow down in time and struck Testerman’s vehicle in the rear. Howell left the scene.

Both drivers and a child were uninjured.

Howell’s 2015 GMC had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Testerman’s 2005 Chevrolet had about $500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Howell was cited for driving while intoxicated and hit and run.

8:43 p.m.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Buck Mountain Road about three miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Jeremiah Elliot Macknee of Lansing was traveling west when the vehicle ran off the road to the left and collided with a tree before overturning.

Macknee was uninjured.

The 1990 Jeep involved had approximately $3,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

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By Nathan Ham

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