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December 2016 Archives

Driver Injures Pedestrian in Franklin

Last week, a driver hit a pedestrian in a Wal-Mart Parking lot in Franklin. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Thursday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. The victim, a 68-year-old woman, was struck by a pickup truck that was travelling through the parking lot at about 10 miles per hour. The driver said the sun was in his eyes at the time of the collision.

Driver on Suspended License Involved in Fatal Crash

New details have emerged about the crash that took the life of an East Henderson High School senior last week. The driver involved, Matthew Schmieder, was driving on a suspended license due to multiple wrecks and speeding violations. Prior to the crash, he was trying to pass multiple cars in a no-passing zone. Initial reports indicate that Schmieder smelled like alcohol on the scene, and drug paraphernalia was found in his belongings at the hospital. East Henderson High School senior Derek Miller was killed in the collision that happened on Kanuga Road. 

NHTSA's 2016 Holiday Safety Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on motorists to drive sober or get pulled over for the holiday season. They're also reminding drivers and all passenger vehicle occupants to buckle up for every trip, every time. Sadly, this time of year is notorious for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes on roadways in North Carolina and across the nation. 

Injury Crash on I-26

Last week, there was an injury crash on Interstate 26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the early morning hours in the westbound lanes near the I-40 and I-240 interchange. For currently unknown reasons, a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a guardrail. That driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries including a broken nose and a broken back. Additionally, a second driver was unable to avoid the wreckage and struck some of the debris in the roadway.

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