Aug. 31-Sept. 13 Wreck Report


By Jesse Campbell - [email protected]



WEST JEFFERSON-The following accidents that occurred between Aug. 25 and Sept. 13 were reported by the the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.

Aug. 25

A single car accident was reported in Jefferson when Ashley Renee Blevins, of 8800 Hwy 88 E, Laurel Springs, was traveling in a 2000 Chevrolet when she ran off the roadway to right and struck an embankment on N.C. 88. Blevins stated a car was on her side of the road and she swerved to miss it. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

A single vehicle accident was reported in West Jefferson when Ashleigh Margaret Branton, of 2823 Lower Nettle Knob Road, West Jefferson, was turning left onto N.C. 163 when she struck a sign in a traffic island. The car was then driven a short distance and came to a rest facing north on the right shoulder. Branton stated that she thought she heard a motorcycle. She was cited for a lane control violation. Her 2013 Chevrolet was estimated to have $2,000 in damages.

Two vehicles reportedly ran over a fallen power line in West Jefferson. According to the highway patrol’s narrative, Dominick Louis Leserra, Jr., of 1531 Lauren Lane, West Jefferson, and Sharon Bare Shepherd, of 1311 N.C. 88 W., West Jefferson, were traveling north on U.S. 221. A track hoe working off the left side of the roadway struck a power pople causing the power line to fall crossing U.S. 221. Both cars struck the power line.Leserra’s 1998 Chevrolet was estimated to have sustained $2,5000 in damages while Shepherd’s 2015 Nissan registered $2,000 in damages.

A fender bender was reported in West Jefferson as a result of a blowout. According to the highway patrol’s narrative, Brandon Cory Younce, of 519 Smith Ridgecrest Road, North Wilkesboro, and John William Souther, of 589 Clint Johnson Road, Wilkesboro, were traveling west on N.C. 163. The highway patrol said the front left tire of Younce’s car blew out causing him to strike Souther. Both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder.

Aug. 26

A single vehicle accident occurred in Jefferson when Luke Franklin Moore, of 181 Colt Creek Road, Lansing, was traveling north on S.R. 1573 when he ran off the right shoulder and struck a mailbox. Moore then ove rcorrected back on the roadway and crossed the center line before running off the left shoulder. His vehicle struck a telephone box in the ditch on the left shoulder and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its top in the southbound lane of S.R. 1573. Moore was cited for DWI and driving left of center. His Chevrolet sustained $5,000 in damages.

Aug. 27

A single car accident was reported at the intersection of U.S. 221 and N.C. 194 in West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Amy Christine Adams, of 5636 Wade Park Blvd, Raleigh, was making a left turn from U.S. 221 onto N.C. 194 when she struck a stop sign in the median. Adams was cited for failure to maintain lane control.

Aug. 28

A two-vehicle collision was reported in Jefferson. According to the highway patrol’s narrative, Steven P. Reid, of 2465 James Hardin Drive, Clifton, when he traveled left of center and sideswiped William Cory Foxx, of 145 Midway Park Lane, Taylorsville. Reid’s car came to rest on U.S. 221 and Foxx’s car was moved to Nathan’s Creek School Road.

Aug. 29

Amber Lee Sanders, of 477 Teasterwood Road, Mouth of Wilson, Va., was traveling south on N.C. 16 when she struck a deer. Her Toyota was estimated to have sustained $2,400 in damages.

Sept. 2

A single vehicle accident was reported in West Jefferson when Humberto Velazquez Ledezma, of 446 Buffalo Meadows Road, West Jefferson, was traveling south on U.S. 221. His vehicle crossed the centerline and overcorrected back across the centerline before running off the right shoulder. He then traveled down the embankment and struck a fence. He came to rest at the bottom of the embankment.

Sept. 3

A single vehicle accident was reported in West Jefferson when Joshua Mark Hazelwood, of 206 E. 5th St., West Jefferson, was traveling south on N.C. 194. According to the report, Hazelwood dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck the embankment. His vehicle traveled back into the roadway and came to rest in the southbound lane of N.C. 194. He was cited for failure to maintain lane control.

According to the highway patrol, Richard Henry McGrady, of 3155 Rugby Road, Mouth of Wilson, hit a deer that traveled into the roadway. The vehicle sustained $2,200 in damages.

A single vehicle accident was reported in West Jefferson. According to the highway patrol, Mallorie Ann McClure, of 149 Sunshine Lane, West Jefferson, was traveling south on U.S. 221 when she ran off the road to the right. Her vehicle then over corrected and crossed the center line before striking a ditch. The car came to rest on its top back in the roadway facing west. McClure was cited for driving left of center. Estimated damages were in the neighborhood of $7,000.

Sept. 7

A two-vehicle collision was reported on S.R. 1248 in West Jefferson. According to the narrative, Sherill Stevens Charlton, of 491 Mountain Aire Lane, West Jefferson, was attempting to make a left turn when she struck the vehicle of Linda Claire McLintock, of 385 Pinnacle Drive, West Jefferson. Both cars sustained $2,000 or less in damages. Charlton was cited for failure to yield.

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By Jesse Campbell

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