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June 2016 Archives

Jail for Driver Who Intentionally Caused Wrecks

Last week, a man in Asheville was found guilty of intentionally causing 12 car crashes. According to the Citizen-Times, 27-year-old Byron Fulghum was sentenced to a year behind bars and ordered to bay $45,363.08 in restitution to insurance companies and victims. He was found guilty of six felony counts of insurance fraud, four misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, four misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and four misdemeanor counts of reckless driving to endanger.

New NC Motor Vehicle Laws

On Friday, there will be five new motor vehicle provisions under North Carolina law. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on what residents in and around Asheville need to know about the changes. Listed below are the five new provisions and how they'll impact drivers in Western North Carolina and across the state.

Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers

Law enforcement officers in North Carolina and Tennessee are cracking down on impaired drivers travelling across state lines. They're taking part in the Hands Across the Boarder enforcement campaign that's aimed at getting impaired drivers off of the roadways. In addition to being on the lookout for drunk and drugged drivers, law enforcement officers will also be cracking down on seat belt violations, uninsured drivers, suspended licenses, fugitives and other driving offenses. 

Fatal Crash in Mitchell County

On Thursday, there was a fatal two-car crash in Mitchell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on NC 226 in Spruce Pine, sometime before noon. A Ford Focus was headed north when it reportedly crossed the center lane. The Focus struck a southbound van, head on. The Focus driver, John Casteel of Burnsville, was killed in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. At this time, there has been no word on why the Focus crossed the center lane.

Vehicle Fire on I-26

On Saturday, there was a vehicle fire on I-26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 4:00 p.m., in the eastbound lanes. Thankfully, the driver and passenger were able to pull over and get out of the vehicle, and no injuries were reported. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where a portion of I-26 had to be closed until almost 5:00 p.m.

Moped Crash in Asheville

On Friday, a moped rider was injured in a crash involving a truck in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around noon at the intersection of Swannanoa River Road and Fairview Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that the moped rider was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. Witnesses on the scene rushed to the side of the moped rider, who was ejected from his vehicle. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. The moped rider was listed in critical condition. 

Road Rage in Asheville

On Tuesday, a driver accused of road rage in Asheville made his first court appearance. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, David Garren is facing charges of reckless driving and hit and run in connection with an incident that happened on Airport Road. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently spoke with Jordan Miller, the man that caught the erratic driving on camera. Not only did Garren cut off Miller's vehicle twice, he also intentionally struck it. Garren had no comment when reporters reached out to him over the phone. 

Haywood County Semi Truck Crash

On Tuesday afternoon, a semi truck crash had traffic backed up in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40 east, near the US-74 exit (Exit 27), near Clyde. This wreck happened sometime after 1:00 p.m. and involved a tractor-trailer and a box truck. For currently unknown reasons, the semi truck sideswiped the box truck. Very few details about this truck crash have been released, but we do know that the driver of the box truck was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. No charges have been filed, and the cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. Drivers were advised to avoid the area as crews and investigators worked the scene. 

Motorcycle Crash Near Soco Gap

On Saturday afternoon, there was a crash involving a motorcycle and a car near Soco Gap. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at milepost 455 sometime around 3:00 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, a motorcycle and a car collided on the roadway. Very few details have been released about this crash, but we do know that at least one person was airlifted to Mission Hospital and another person was transported to Haywood Regional Hospital.

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