Ashe County wreck report


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents between June 12 and June 17 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

June 12

1:03 a.m.

Fleetwood

A single-vehicle accident happened on Railroad Grade Road in Fleetwood. According to the narrative, Morgan Vanessa Church of West Jefferson was traveling north when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, traveled down an embankment and overturned.

Church and one passenger, Daniel Evan Houck of Jefferson, were uninjured.

The 2014 Toyota involved had about $5,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Church was cited for a lane control violation and a driver’s license restriction violation.

4 a.m.

Glendale Springs

A single-vehicle accident happened on Boggs Road about two miles from Glendale Springs. According to the narrative, Samuel Jake Phillips of West Jefferson was traveling east when the vehicle crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the left. The vehicle overturned down an embankment and came to a rest on its top. Phillips stated that he swerved to avoid a deer.

Phillips was uninjured.

The 2009 Jeep involved had about $8,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

5:45 p.m.

Crumpler

A two-vehicle accident happened on Greensboro Road in Crumpler. According to the narrative, Karen Greene Lambert of Crumpler was traveling east and was stopping to make a turn into a driveway. A vehicle driven by Jose Jorge of Lansing struck Lambert’s vehicle.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Jorge’s 2006 Kia had approximately $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Lambert’s 2010 Doge had approximately $3,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Jorge was cited for failure to reduce speed and driving without a license.

7:36 p.m.

Creston

A two-vehicle accident happened on Roaring Fork Road in Creston. According to the narrative, Mitchel Lee Roark of Creston was traveling south. Roark’s vehicle struck a parked car with its mirror.

Roark was uninjured.

Roark’s 2002 GMC had an estimated $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

The parked car, a 2007 Chevrolet owned by Kenneth Darrell Graybeal of Wilkesboro, had an estimated $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

10:24 p.m.

Lansing

A motorcycle accident happened on Joe Hampton Road in Lansing. According to the narrative, Robert Lee Miller of Lansing was traveling south when his motorcycle struck a deer that ran in the road. Miller was ejected from the motorcycle into the road.

Miller was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital

The 2012 Yamaha involved had about $200 in damages but was considered drivable.

Charges are pending.

June 13

9:45 a.m.

Glendale Springs

A pedestrian was truck in the parking lot of Rodie’s Restaurant in Glendale Springs. According to the narrative, Michael Keith Bell of Jefferson was backing south from a grassy area. Bell failed to see a pedestrian walking behind the vehicle and struck Karen Lynn Knopp of Washington, West Virginia.

Bell was uninjured. Knopp was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital.

The 2007 Toyota involved had no damage.

Bell was cited for improper backing.

1:07 p.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 about a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Shirley Gail Wood of Jefferson was traveling east when her vehicle crossed over some uneven pavement, forcing Wood to slow down. A vehicle driven by Kensey Sierra Mullis of Jefferson could not slow down in time and struck Wood’s vehicle in the rear.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Mullis’ 2005 Nissan had about $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Wood’s 2007 Toyota had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Mullis was cited for failure to reduce speed.

8:10 a.m.

Creston

A single-vehicle accident happened on Big Laurel Road in Creston. According to the narrative, Lois Farmer Nichols of Creston was traveling south when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, striking a guard rail. The vehicle continued down a steep embankment and overturned into a creek.

Nichols was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 1989 Oldsmobile involved had about $6,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

June 15

12:22 p.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 less than a mile from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Julia Dawn Grogan was traveling south. Grogan slowed for traffic ahead. A vehicle driven by Alyssa Marie Peterson of Crumpler could not slow down in time and struck Grogan’s vehicle.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Peterson’s 1992 Mitsubishi had approximately $3,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Grogan’s 2004 Chevrolet had approximately $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Peterson was cited for following too close and failure to reduce speed.

2:18 p.m.

West Jefferson

A parking lot collision happened at Little’s Health & Fitness Center in West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Ashley Hughes Vanhoy of West Jefferson was backing up and struck a parked vehicle owned by Rodney Bruce Richardson of Whitetop, Virginia.

Vanhoy was uninjured.

Vanhoy’s 2004 Jeep had an estimated $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Richardson’s 2008 Lexus had an estimated $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

3:36 p.m.

Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 in Jefferson. According to the narrative, John Henry Snyder of West Jefferson was making a left turn from Long Street onto Highway 221. A vehicle driven by John Lyne Hambright was traveling north when the vehicle ran off the road to the right, struck a guard rail and then crossed the center line, hitting Snyder’s vehicle head on. Hambright fled the scene after the accident.

Both drivers and one passenger, Angie M. Snyder of West Jefferson, were uninjured.

Hambright’s 1992 Chevrolet had about $3,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Snyder’s 1968 Chevrolet had about $5,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Hambright was later arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, inhaling toxic vapors, driving left of center and hit and run.

June 17

6:25 a.m.

West Jefferson

An animal collision happened on Highway 194 about seven miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Joseph Brandon Matkins of Lansing was traveling north when the vehicle struck a deer that ran into the road.

Matkins was uninjured.

The 2005 Chrysler involved had an estimated $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

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

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By Nathan Ham

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