Highway Patrol says Friday wreck was fatal


By Jesse Campbell - [email protected]



WEST JEFFERSON-The N.C. Highway Patrol said a Todd man that was killed in a Friday evening accident on U.S. 221 was not wearing his seat belt.

Robert Wayne Greene, 42, of Todd, was traveling south from West Jefferson when his 2005 Subaru ran off the road to the right, struck an embankment and overturned. Greene was partially ejected from his vehicle. He was taken to Ashe Memorial Hospital, but did not survive his injuries, according to NCHP dispatch Monday morning.

Greene’s birthday was Monday.

His passenger, 40-year-old Tonya Houck, of West Jefferson, was also taken to AMH. Her status is currently unknown. Houck was wearing her seat belt.

The accident occurred between Mulatto Mountain and Nettle Knob roads in West Jefferson. U.S. 221 was blocked off between the intersection of N.C. 163 and Clarence Lyall Road for more than an hour.

Authorities are currently awaiting the results of Greene’s toxicology test, which is standard procedure in fatal car accidents.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

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By Jesse Campbell

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