Ashe County wreck report


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents between July 17 and July 23 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

July 18

12:34 a.m.

Jefferson

An animal collision happened on Highway 16 about six miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, April Dawn Martin of Mountain City, Tenn., was traveling north when the vehicle struck a deer that was crossing the road.

Martin refused medical transport.

The 2012 Toyota involved had about $3,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

11:10 a.m.

Crumpler

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 in Crumpler, about six miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Nestor Robert Gomez of Hendersonville was traveling west when the vehicle ran off the road to the right and struck a culvert and a mailbox. The vehicle can a stop on the shoulder of the road.

Gomez was uninjured.

The 2011 Jeep had an estimated $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The mailbox belonging to Barbara Turner of Crumpler had about $100 in damages.

Gomez was cited for exceeding safe speeds.

July 20

7:21 a.m.

Lansing

A two-vehicle accident happened on Silas Creek Road about seven miles from Lansing. According to the narrative, Lionel Dale Francis of Grassy Creek was traveling south when the vehicle slowed to make a right turn into a private drive. Francis swung out to the left to make the right turn but did not see the vehicle coming behind him in the southbound lane and struck the side of a vehicle driven by Sandra Lois Absher Eldreth of Scottville.

Both drivers and two youth passengers were uninjured.

Francis’ 1997 Chevrolet had approximately $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Eldreth’s 2005 Ford had approximately $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Francis was cited for a safe movement violation.

11:52 a.m.

Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 near the intersection of Highway 16 about four miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, an unknown driver was traveling west when the vehicle entered a right-handed curve at a high rate of speed and ran off the right side of the road through a field. The vehicle struck a tree before coming to a stop. The driver left the scene on foot.

The 2007 Ford belonging to Brenda Kay Tice of Jefferson had about $2,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

July 21

12:57 p.m.

Warrensville

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 194 near the intersection of Highway 88 in Warrensville. According to the narrative, William Russell Jessup of Lansing was traveling north when he attempted a left turn onto Warrensville Drive and pulled across in front of a vehicle driven by Chuck Allen Thompson of Lansing. The two vehicles collided.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Jessup’s 2016 Subaru had an estimated $3,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Thompson’s 2013 Ford had an estimated $1,500 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Jessup was cited for failure to yield.

3:10 p.m.

Warrensville

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 194 near the intersection of Highway 88 in Warrensville. According to the narrative, Joan Stephens Jones of Creston was attempting a left turn onto Highway 194 from Church Street but was struck in the side by a vehicle driven by Brittany Danielle Walters of Grassy Creek.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Jones’ 1999 Toyota had about $2,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Walters’ 2013 Ford had about $1,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Jones was cited for failure to yield.

July 22

12:55 p.m.

West Jefferson

A single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 163 near Severt Road about seven miles from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Sandra Morgan Prange of West Jefferson was traveling south. Prange lost consciousness, causing the vehicle to cross the center line and run off the road to the left into a bush. The vehicle struck an embankment and rolled backwards before coming to a stop in a yard.

Prange was uninjured.

The 2016 Subaru involved had about $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

The landscaping belonging to Karen Williams of West Jefferson had about $600 in damages.

Prange was cited for careless and reckless driving.

July 23

9:17 a.m.

Jefferson

A parking lot collision happened at Bobby D’s in Jefferson. According to the narrative, Brenda Karen Dillard of Jefferson was backing up when the vehicle struck a parked vehicle driven by Nancy Neaves Ray of Fleetwood.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Dillard’s 2008 Honda had approximately $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

Ray’s 1997 Cadillac had approximately $1,000 in damages but was considered drivable.

No citations were issued.

11:01 a.m.

West Jefferson

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 88 about a mile from West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Krystal Lawrence Shepherd of Lansing was attempting a left turn onto Highway 88 from Highway 194. Shepherd crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Joseph Wayne Phipps of Scottville, who was waiting to turn left onto Highway 194.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Shepherd’s 2010 Ford had an estimated $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Phipps’ 2017 Hyundai had an estimated $4,000 in damages and was not considered drivable.

Shepherd was cited for a lane control violation.

11:47 a.m.

Laurel Springs

A two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 221 near Carson Wingler Road in Laurel Springs. According to the narrative, William Preston Burnette of Moneta, Va., was traveling south when the motorcycle Burnette was driving ran across some gravel in the road. He lost control of the motorcycle, overturned and struck a vehicle driven by Ricky Thomas Sheets of Wilkesboro.

Burnette was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital. Sheets was uninjured.

Burnette’s 2010 Harley Davidson had about $4,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Sheets’ 2015 GMC had about $2,500 in damages but was considered drivable.

Burnette was cited for a lane control violation.

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

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By Nathan Ham

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