Early Sunday morning, a Buncombe County wreck took the life of a Hendersonville teen. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Ben Lippen Road, also known as Dryman Mountain Road, at about 2:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that the vehicle was going about 60 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per hour zone prior to the crash. Very few details of this fatal wreck have been released, but we do know that the rear passenger, 18-year-old Azlyan Dalbo of Hendersonville, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
Last week, there was a fatal crash on Rosman Highway in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the collision happened on U.S. 64 (Rosman Highway) near the Sav-Mor, going toward Lake Toxaway, at about 1:11 p.m. A Ford F-250 truck, driven by 68-year-old Thomas Corbin McCall, was headed west when it crossed the centerline. It collided head-on with a Ford Escape. The driver in the Ford Escape, 61-year-old Mildred Elizabeth Norton, was killed in the crash. McCall was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and he was charged with DWI, misdemeanor death by vehicle and traveling left of center.
Law enforcement officials in Buncombe County just announced that the number of Driving While Impaired (DWI) arrests made over the New Year's holiday enforcement period was down from last year's numbers. Over the holiday weekend, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation were out in full force cracking down on drunk driving and other traffic safety violations. In addition to increased enforcement and patrols, there were also enhanced educational efforts to get the word out about safe transportation alternatives.
Over the weekend, a suspected drunk driver fatally struck a pedestrian in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday morning at about 6:00 a.m., on I-240 near Chunns Cove Road. Initial reports indicate that 26-year-old Aaron Lee Thurman was driving eastbound on I-240 when his truck veered onto the shoulder of the roadway. His 1990 Chevrolet GMT 400 struck 23-year-old Christian Blade Johnson, who was walking alongside of the highway at the time of the crash. Johnson did not survive his injuries, and Thurman was charged with driving while impaired.
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.
Over the weekend, a one-vehicle crash on Charlotte Highway sent an Asheville man to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC NEWS Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday afternoon. The driver, Christopher Love, was reportedly driving more than 100 miles per hour at the time of the wreck. He lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete wall. Love was ejected from the vehicle, and the most recent report has him listed in critical condition. Law enforcement officers have since charged him with DWI and other traffic violations.