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December 2015 Archives

New Year's Eve Safe Driving

New Year's Eve is one of the more dangerous nights to be on roadways in North Carolina and across the United States. Celebrations full of alcoholic beverages and champagne toasts simultaneously end and slews of potentially buzzed and drunk drivers take to the roadways. While law enforcement plans to increase patrols and enforcement, the roadways are still going to be treacherous.

Pedestrian Killed in Buncombe County

A pedestrian was recently struck and killed by a car in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. on December 20, 2015. The collision occurred on U.S. 70, near Porters Cove Road. For currently unknown reasons, a car came around a curve and struck the 30-year-old pedestrian. Peter Spinney was pronounced dead on the scene. Very few details about this incident have been released, and the collision might still be under investigation with law enforcement authorities. 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday season. Sadly, we typically see a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving accidents this time of year. During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes. Nearly a third of those deaths occurred in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. In the month of December 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. 

Teen Killed in Upstate Crash

Early Sunday morning, a teen from Charlotte was killed in an Upstate crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Augusta Road. For currently unknown reasons, the car veered off of the roadway and rolled several times. 18-year-old Keundra Smith was ejected from the vehicle. Although she was airlifted to the hospital, she did not survive her injuries. Her cousin, who was injured in the crash, was driving the car.

Car Crashes Into Buncombe Home

On Wednesday afternoon, a car crashed through a mobile home in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 3:00 p.m. in Swannanoa on Linn Garden Lane.  At this time, there's no word on how or why the car crashed through the home. At least one person was injured in the collision, and two walls of the home were compromised.

Teen Killed in Buncombe County Crash

On Wednesday night, a local teen was killed in a crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Newfound Road. A passenger in the car, 16-year-old Daniel Arrowood, was killed in the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, the speeding car left the roadway and rolled into a ditch. 

NHTSA's Winter Driving Tips

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual winter driving safety campaign. Their "Focus on Safety- Winter Driving" campaign is all about preparation before driving and safety behind the wheel. Drivers in Asheville and the surrounding areas could face a variety of different wintry weather conditions this season. From ice and sleet to blizzard-like storms, Asheville motorists need to be prepared for anything.

Pedestrian Killed in Woodfin

On Monday evening, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Woodfin, North Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Riverside Drive near Walnut Lane, sometime before 6:00 p.m. At this time, very few details have been released about the collision. We do know that the female pedestrian was transported to Mission Hospital, but she did not survive her injuries. Local law enforcement authorities are currently conducting an investigation including crash scene reconstruction, and at this time, they do not suspect driver impairment. No charges have been filed, and the authorities have not released the identity of the victim.

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