Over the weekend, a man in Macon County was killed in a four-wheeler crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime on Saturday on Georgia Road, just south of Franklin. Very few details about the wreck have been released, but we do know there were two four-wheelers involved. The wreck reportedly happened on a gravel driveway. A Macon County man, 51-year-old Shawn McCutcheon, was killed in the crash and another man was injured. There has been no word on what caused the crash, which is likely still under investigation with local authorities.
Last Wednesday, there was a fatal motorcycle crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 1:00 p.m., just west of Sinks, on Little River Road. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that the wreck involved a Toyota Tundra truck and a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider, 68-year-old Thomas B. Bailey of Meadows of Dan, Virginia, was killed in the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is spreading the word about motorcycle safety this month. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and officials with the NHTSA are calling on drivers and motorcyclists to share the responsibility for roadway safety. Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable groups of roadway users. They don't have seat belts or protective steel cages to rely on in the event of a crash. At best, they have helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and vests, but that gear can only do so much in a severe or catastrophic accident. While they can certainly improve personal safety through the use of the above-mentioned protective gear, motorcycle riders are truly at the mercy of other drivers and motorists on the roadways. The NHTSA is calling on drivers and other roadway users to "Share the Road" with motorcyclists this month and all yearlong.
On Sunday night, there was a crash involving a drunk driver in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the Beaverdam Community, near Lakeshore Drive off of Edgewater Lane. Although very few details about the one-car crash have been released, we do know that the vehicle landed upside down in a lake. The driver of that car, 34-year-old Rowan Marks, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor driving while impaired. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported with this incident.