Over the weekend, a teenager was hospitalized after an All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) crash near Maggie Valley. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Sunday along Irene Lane. The 14-year-old passenger was riding with another teen at the time of the wreck. Apparently, the 4-wheeler had some type of mechanical trouble as the two teens were heading down a hill. They crashed into the woods beside the road, and a witness nearby heard the brakes screeching.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is warning drivers to keep an eye out for deer in the coming months. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, half of all animal-related collisions for the year will happen between now and the end of the year. Sergeant Toby Jenkins with the Wildlife Resources Commission says that drivers should be particularly watchful for deer at dawn and dusk, when the animals are most active.
Early Sunday morning, four USC Upstate college students were killed in a crash on Valley Falls Road. Horace Sproull, Sarah Vande Berg, James Campbell and Josh Lee all died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, one student, Felicia Ahlborg, survived the crash and is in fair condition. At this time, very few details about the one-car crash have been released. We do know that the car ran off of the roadway, struck a tree and burst into flames.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready to publicize their annual pre-holiday season drunk driving prevention campaign. Unfortunately, with the holiday season approaching, we're likely to see an increase in injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes in North Carolina and across the country. In addition to raising awareness about the dangers and costs of drunk driving, there will also be increased law enforcement efforts, as we get closer to the holiday season.