Ashe County wreck report


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents between Dec. 24 and Jan. 9 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

Dec. 24

2 a.m.

West Jefferson

An animal collision happened on River Front Road about seven miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Jonathan Guy Hunt of Laurel Springs was traveling west when his vehicle struck a deer that ran into the roadway.

Hunt was uninjured.

The 2014 Nissan involved had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Dec. 27

3:39 p.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident took place on Highway 221 in Jefferson. According to the narrative, Phillip Eugene Arnold of Piney Creek and Patricia Anise Weingart of Sarasota, Florida were traveling north. Arnold attempted to change lanes and struck Weingart’s vehicle.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Arnold’s 2012 Subaru had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Weingart’s Toyota (year model unknown) had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Dec. 31

11:29 a.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 163 less than a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Linda Absher Holman of Jefferson was stopped in the road waiting to turn right. Dillon Shane Miller of West Jefferson could not slow down in time and struck Holman’s vehicle.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Miller’s 1993 Isuzu had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Holman’s 2010 GMC had an estimated $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Miller was cited for failure to reduce speed.

Jan. 1

4:43 p.m.

Lansing

A single-vehicle accident happened on Little Horse Creek Road about six miles from Lansing. According to the narrative, Madison Paige Osborne of Elk Creek, Virginia was traveling south when the vehicle ran off the right to the right and struck a guard rail.

Osborne was uninjured.

The 2008 Suzuki involved had about $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The guard rail had about $500 in damages.

Osborne was cited for failure to maintain lane control.

Jan. 2

2:09 p.m.

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 about a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Dan Scott Pelton of Lansing was traveling west on Mount Jefferson Road. The driver suffered a seizure, causing the vehicle to cross Highway 221, striking a median and then a guardrail.

Pelton was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 1993 Oldsmobile involved had about $1,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Jan. 3

3:53 a.m.

Creston

A single-vehicle accident happened on Muddy Branch Road in Creston. According to the narrative, Sheila Slagle Boone of Lansing was traveling north when the vehicle ran off the road to the left, traveled down an embankment and overturned before coming to a stop on its side.

Boone and one passenger, Jerrell Dixon of Thomasville, were uninjured.

The 1994 Toyota involved had about $1,000 in damages but was not considered drivable.

Boone was cited for failure to maintain lane control and failure to report an accident.

Jan. 4

9:31 a.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 less than a mile from West Jefferson.

According to the narrative, Mark Daniel Harless of West Jefferson was stopped waiting to make a left turn. Andrew Davis Katz of West Jefferson could not slow down in time and struck Harless’ vehicle.

Both drivers and one passenger, Dillon Ross Harless of Lansing, were uninjured.

Katz’s 2000 Ford had about $4,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Harless’ 2003 Ford had about $4,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Katz was cited for failing to reduce speed and driving with unsafe tires.

11:16 a.m.

Laurel Springs

A single-vehicle accident happened on Big Peak Creek Road near Laurel Springs. According to the narrative, William Dean Shepherd of Laurel Springs was traveling east on a snow covered road. Shepherd lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left and struck two trees.

Shepherd and one passenger, Maggie Shatley Shepherd, were uninjured.

The 1996 Ford involved had about $2,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

11:58 a.m.

Warrensville

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 in Warrensville. According to the narrative, David Brett Wood of West Jefferson was traveling east. Wood was traveling too fast for the snow-covered road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle ran off the road to the right and struck an embankment.

Wood was uninjured.

The 2002 Ford involved had about $3,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Wood was cited for exceeding safe speeds for weather conditions.

Jan. 5

3:09 p.m.

Jefferson

A three-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 about a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Doyle Monroe Jordan of Fleetwood was traveling west and Robin Lynn Miller of Jefferson was traveling east. Miller crossed the center line and caused Jordan’s vehicle to run off the road to the right attempting to avoid Miller’s vehicle. Jordan’s vehicle struck a parked vehicle owned by Gale Fred Walker of West Jefferson, and also struck a tree. Miller left the scene.

Jordan was uninjured, however one passenger, Mary Jordan of Fleetwood, was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Jordan’s 2000 Toyota had about $3,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Walker’s 2004 GMC had about $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Miller was cited for driving left of center and leaving the scene of an accident.

11:35 p.m.

Jefferson

An animal collision happened on Highway 221 less than a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Casey Leigh Richardson of Raleigh was traveling south when the vehicle struck a deer that ran into the road.

Richardson was uninjured.

The 2005 Ford involved had about $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Jan. 6

4:30 p.m.

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Earl Sheets Road about seven miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, James Albert Utley of West Jefferson was traveling north. Utley lost control of the vehicle in a curve and ran off the road to the right, overturned down an embankment and came to a rest on its top in a creek.

Utley and one passenger, Mikaila Ann Miles of Lansing, were uninjured. One passenger, Mercedes Dawn Shepherd of West Jefferson, was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 1999 Chrysler involved had an estimated $6,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Utley was cited for exceeding safe speed.

Jan. 7

3:18 p.m.

Lansing

A single-vehicle accident happened on Big Horse Creek Road about a mile from Lansing. According to the narrative, Catherine Marie Doty of Creston was traveling north when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, struck a telephone junction box, traveled down an embankment and came to rest in a stream.

Doty was transported to Johnson City Medical Center.

The 1999 Nissan involved had approximately $5,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

Jan. 8

9:31 a.m.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 163 about seven miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Kimberly Nichole Walker of West Jefferson was traveling west when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, struck an embankment and overturned. The road was covered in ice and was a factor in the accident.

Walker was uninjured.

The 2006 Nissan involved had about $8,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

9:30 p.m.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 163 about six miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Jimmy Calvin Goodman of Glendale Springs was traveling east. The vehicle slid out of control on some ice, ran off the road to the right and struck a guard rail. The vehicle then crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road into a ditch.

Goodman and one passenger, Joyce Kilby Goodman of Glendale Springs, were uninjured.

The 2005 GMC involved had an estimated $3,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The guard rail had about $1,500 in damages.

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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