W.J. man crashes into house


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

Nov. 29

6:24 p.m.

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident took place on Highway 16 about three miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Edward Andrew Niedermeier of Hickory was attempting to make a right hand turn onto Highway 16 off of Highway 221 when his tractor and trailer struck a guardrail.

Niedermeier was uninjured.

The 2015 Freightliner involved had approximately $5,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The guardrail had about $4,500 in damages.

Niedermeier was cited for a lane control violation.

Dec. 1

2:07 a.m.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Beaver Creek School Road about four miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Thomas Allen Peavey Jr., of West Jefferson was traveling north when the vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left. The vehicle then struck an embankment and a fence before coming to a stop.

Peavey was uninjured.

The 2000 Subaru involved had about $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The fence belonging to Mike Little of Jefferson had about $300 in damages.

Peavey was charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for driving left of center.

2:36 p.m.

Idlewild Road

A single-vehicle accident happened on Idlewild Road about 12 miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Judy Kay Price of Purlear, North Carolina was traveling east when the vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left. The vehicle then struck a ditch and overturned.

Price was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 2004 Jeep involved had an estimated $4,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Price was cited for failure to maintain lane of travel.

3:13 p.m.

Highway 88

A single-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 88 in Warrensville. According to the narrative, Terry Joel Saunders of West Jefferson was traveling west when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line, ran off the road and struck a house.

Saunders was uninjured.

The 2001 Nissan involved had approximately $6,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The house belonging to Sally Jones Turner of Warrensville had about $10,000 in damages.

Saunders was charged with driving while intoxicated.

3:51 p.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 about three miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Aaron Michael Martin of West Jefferson was traveling west when a car in front of him was stopped to make a left turn. Martin could not slow down in time and crossed the center line, striking a vehicle driven by Erik Olaf Christoferson of West Jefferson.

Christoferson was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Martin was uninjured.

Martin’s 1999 Ford had an estimated $8,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Christoferson’s 2009 Ford had about $7,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Citations are still pending against Martin according to the report.

Dec. 2

7:22 a.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle collision took place on Highway 221 about five miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Billy Ray Lee Mahaffey of West Jefferson was traveling south when he could not slow down in time and struck a vehicle in the rear driven by Christopher Walter Dunn of Catawba, North Carolina.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Mahaffey’s 1994 Toyota had about $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Dunn’s 2010 Nissan had about $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Mahaffey was cited for failure to reduce speed.

3:56 p.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 about five miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Joshua Scott Sheets of Warrensville was traveling west when he had to travel off the road to the right to avoid a tractor and trailer that was driving left of center. Sheets then traveled back on the road, across the center line and sideswiped a vehicle driven by Michelle Rhodes Kitson of Jefferson.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Sheets’ 1995 Jeep had about $1,800 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Kitson’s 2007 Ford had about $2,200 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Dec. 3

6:44 a.m.

Jefferson

An animal collision happened on Highway 221 about two miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Shannon Billings Upchurch of Purlear, North Carolina was traveling north when the vehicle struck a deer that ran into the road.

Upchurch was uninjured.

The 1997 Toyota involved had about $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Dec. 4

11:45 a.m.

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 less than a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Amy Misenheimer Tsolis of West Jefferson was traveling north. A utility crew was working on the northbound shoulder and had placed several traffic cones along the center line of the road. An unknown vehicle traveling south struck one of those cones and sent it flying into the northbound lane where it struck Tsolis’ vehicle.

Tsolis was uninjured.

The 2003 GMC involved had about $700 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

2:56 p.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle collision happened on Highway 16 about 2.5 miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Joshua Ray Bare of Jefferson was stopped for traffic and was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by John Richard Terrell of Jefferson.

Both drivers and two passengers, Joann V. Terrell of Jefferson and Michael Yourgevidge of Jefferson, were uninjured.

Terrell’s 2009 Toyota had an estimated $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Bare’s 2005 Chevrolet had about $800 in damages but was considered drivable.

Terrell was cited for failing to reduce speed.

Dec. 5

8:11 a.m.

West Jefferson

An animal collision happened on Beaver Creek School Road about a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Charles Benson Sansbury of West Jefferson was traveling south when he struck a deer that ran into the road.

Sansbury was uninjured.

The 2015 Nissan involved had about $2,200 in damages but was considered drivable.

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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