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April 2018 Archives

School Bus Crash in Candler

Fatal ATV Crash at Camp Daniel Boone in Canton

Broken Crossing Arms at Candler Railroad Tracks

Dog Attack Inside of Asheville Bar

Daydreaming causes more traffic accidents than cellphone use

North Carolina residents are likely aware that the number of road users killed in accidents involving distracted drivers has risen sharply. The increase in distracted driving fatalities is often linked with cellphone use behind the wheel, but a study of motor vehicle deaths over the last five years suggests that daydreaming is by far the greater road safety hazard. The study was conducted by a team from Erie Insurance, and it was released on April 3 to coincide with the launch of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Weather Concerns on The Blue Ridge Parkway

Over the weekend, portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway had to be closed due to inclement weather. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the NCDOT didn't pretreat roads with salt brine in Madison County due to the rain expected prior to the snowfall. In addition to freezing rain, snow and ice, officials with the NCDOT were also concerned about potential downed trees, rockslides and black ice.

Fatal Hit and Run in Greenville

Over the weekend, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Greenville, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday night. Very little information has been released about this fatal crash, but we do know that 46-year-old Eric Jonathan Zeigler was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was crossing a street. The driver involved, 44-year-old Ronald Gene Cathey, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence involving death and an open container. No additional information has been released about this fatal alcohol-involved crash.

Distracted driving remains a big problem

A recent AAA survey gives reasons for both optimism and pessimism regarding the epidemic of distracted driving. North Carolina motorists of all ages should be pleased to learn that more drivers than ever recognize the inherent dangers of smartphone usage while driving. Unfortunately, understanding the risk is not stopping the behavior for many drivers.

Deputy Involved in Arden Crash

On Tuesday, a Buncombe County deputy was involved in a crash in Arden. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there were two wrecks within about 200 yards of each other in the Bradley Bunch area of Arden. Very few details about the wrecks have been released, but initial reports indicate that a deputy's vehicle was sideswiped while he was responding to another crash.

Deputy Attacked by Dog in Brevard

On Monday afternoon, a Transylvania County Sheriff's deputy was attacked by a dog while responding to a disturbance call at a residence off of East Fork Road. Very little information about this incident has been released, but initial reports indicate that the deputy was attacked shortly after arriving on the scene. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a pit bull attacked the deputy several times. The deputy reportedly tried to push the dog away, but on the third attempt drew his firearm to protect himself.

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