Ashe County wreck report


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents that occurred between Sept. 6 and Sept. 12 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

Sept. 6

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened at 3:41 a.m. on Old Highway 16 about six miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Ethan James Ham of Lansing was traveling north when the vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left and struck a fence.

Ham refused medical transport.

The 2004 Saab involved had about $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The owner of the fence was compensated for damages and did not wish to be listed on the report.

No citations were issued.

Creston

A single-vehicle accident happened at 4:07 p.m. on Big Laurel Road near Creston. According to the narrative, Austin Eugene Amon of Creston was traveling north when his vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left, struck a utility pole and went down an embankment.

Amon was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 1994 Dodge involved had approximately $3,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The damaged utility pole belonging to Blue Ridge Electric was estimated to cost $1,000.

No citations were issued.

Sept. 7

Fleetwood

A two-vehicle accident happened at 12:13 a.m. on Highway 221 near Fleetwood. According to the narrative, Ashley Amber Wurth of West Jefferson was traveling north when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Kristen Hodges McNeill of Fleetwood. McNeill’s vehicle then struck a guardrail and come to a stop.

Wurth, McNeill and two minor passengers were transported to Watauga Medical Center.

Wurth’s 2007 Chevrolet had about $3,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

McNeill’s 2011 Mazda had about $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Wurth was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving left of center and driving without a license.

Highway 88

A single-vehicle accident took place at 7:10 p.m. about seven miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Rebecca Bailey Lemons of Siler City, North Carolina, was traveling east when her vehicle ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch and then hit a rock before coming to a stop.

Lemons was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 2006 Honda involved had an estimated $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Sept. 8

Highway 221

A two-vehicle accident happened at 7:50 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 221 and Highway 163 in West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Susan Renee Miller of Fleetwood was stopped in the northbound lane of Highway 221. A hole in the brake line of a truck driven by Jerry Wayne Jones of West Jefferson caused the brakes to fail. The truck could not get stopped in time and struck the rear of Miller’s vehicle.

Miller was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Jones was uninjured.

Miller’s 2011 Toyota had an estimated $3,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Jones’ 2001 Chevrolet had about $2,800 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Jones was cited for unsafe brakes.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened at 1:05 p.m. on Highway 221 near the intersection of Highway 16 in Jefferson. According to the narrative, Joshua Cain Cate of Powell Crossroads, Tennessee was attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 16 but turned across in front of Amanda Miller May of Lansing.

Both drivers refused medical transport.

Cate’s 2004 Ford had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

May’s 2007 Pontiac had about $2,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Cate was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Sept. 9

Fleetwood

A single-vehicle accident happened at 2:20 p.m. on Cranberry Springs Road about three miles from Fleetwood. According to the narrative, Charlton Lynn Hardin of Fleetwood was traveling west when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, struck some small trees and overturned onto its right side.

Hardin was uninjured.

The 2008 Chevrolet had about $6,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Hardin was cited for failure to maintain lane control.

Glendale Springs

A single-vehicle accident took place at 8:43 p.m. on Racoon Holler Road about two miles from Glendale Springs. According to the narrative, Michael Scott Fournier of Jefferson was traveling north pulling a small utility trailer. The vehicle ran off the road to the right, hit two mailboxes, a telephone junction box and some rocks that were covering a ditch for a driveway pipe. The vehicle then crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left. Fournier left the scene before Trooper T.J. Clapp arrived. Fournier was located the next day.

The 1999 Ford involved had about $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The damages to the mailbox and yard belonging to Guadalupe Arciga of Jefferson was estimated at $250.

The damages to the mailbox and yard belonging to Jerry Craven of Jefferson was estimated at $150.

The damages to the telephone fiber optics box belonging to Skyline was estimated at $6,000.

Fournier was cited for failing to report an accident, careless and reckless driving, driving with an expired license and driving with an open container.

Sept. 10

Fleetwood

A two-vehicle accident took place at 12:05 p.m. on Railroad Grade Road in Fleetwood. According to the narrative, Gary Thomas Shaw of Jefferson was traveling north in the southbound lane due to ongoing road construction. Shaw’s truck sideswiped the mirror of an unoccupied parked truck.

Shaw was uninjured.

Shaw’s 2006 Mack truck belonging to Padco Excavating Inc. had no damages.

The 2014 International truck belonging to the North Carolina Department of Transportation had an estimated $300 in damages.

No citations were issued.

Sept. 11

Todd

A single-vehicle accident happened at 7:45 a.m. on Three Top Road near Todd. According to the narrative, Lisa Renae Eller of Todd was traveling north when she swerved to miss a deer that ran into the road. The vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left before striking a ditch.

Eller was uninjured.

The 1998 Plymouth involved had approximately $500 in damages but was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident took place at 8:07 a.m. on Highway 88 about six miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Brenda Roark Trivette of Creston was traveling east when her vehicle traveled across the center line and sideswiped a vehicle driven by Geraldine Miller Turner of Lansing.

Both drivers and one minor passenger were uninjured.

Trivette’s 1997 Subaru had about $700 in damages but was considered drivable.

Turner’s 2005 Chevrolet had about $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Trivette was cited for reckless driving.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened at 4:46 p.m. on Highway 221 about a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Brenda Harmon South of Vilas was slowed for another vehicle making a left turn onto Mulatto Mountain Road. A motorcycle driven by Joshua Asher Meghoo of West Jefferson struck South’s vehicle in the rear. Meghoo was ejected into the back of the vehicle while the motorcycle rolled across the roof of South’s vehicle.

Meghoo was pronounced dead at the scene.

South refused medical transport.

South’s 1996 Jeep had about $6,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Meghoo’s 2003 Honda had about $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Sept. 12

Highway 163

An animal collision took place at 10 a.m. on Highway 163 about four miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Andrew Wade Key of Laurel Springs was traveling north when he struck a turkey that flew across the road, damaging the windshield.

Key was uninjured.

The 2002 Ford had about $700 in damages.

Glendale Springs

A two-vehicle accident happened at 7:43 p.m. on W. Reno Road near Glendale School Road. According to the narrative, Jason Garrett Miller of Jefferson was traveling north. A vehicle traveling south came around a curve in the middle of the road and struck Miller’s vehicle in the left front corner. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene before Trooper T.J. Clapp arrived. Miller stated that the driver of the other vehicle got out of his vehicle, gave him a fake phone number and said his name was Little John before getting back into this vehicle and driving off.

Miller’s 2007 Toyota had about $1,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The driver of the other vehicle has not been found.

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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