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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.

Fatal drunk driving crashes

Like every other state plus the District of Columbia, the blood alcohol concentration legal limit is .08 percent. Fatalities from drunk driving crashes account for one-third of all deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Individuals who are under 24 years of age or who have been convicted of drunk driving in the past are most likely to be impacted by a fatal drunk driving accident.

Buncombe County Ranks High For Speeding

Buncombe County made the top 10 list for most speeding tickets issued in the State of North Carolina. According to a recent WLOS ABC News Channel 13 report, more than 11,000 speeding tickets were issued in Buncombe County last year. Wake County made the top of the list with more than 34,000 speeding tickets issued, and Graham County was among the five counties with the lowest number of speeding tickets issued to drivers. More than 500,000 speeding tickets were issued to drivers across the State of North Carolina last year.

Single Vehicle Wreck on Hendersonville Road

Over the weekend, there was an apparent single-vehicle crash on Hendersonville Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a vehicle crashed into a light pole on Hendersonville Road at Davis Grey Drive. Very little information has been released about this wreck, but we do know that it happened at about midnight on Saturday night.

Mountain Counties Score Low for Aggressive Driving

Recent data shows that mountain counties scored relatively low for instances of aggressive driving in the State of North Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Mecklenburg County issued 270 citations for aggressive driving last year. Incidents involving aggressive diving included speeding and two other offenses. Additional offenses can include running a red light, rolling through a stop sign, illegal passing, failing to yield and following another vehicle too closely.

Transylvania County Deputy Involved in Crash

A Transylvania County deputy may be facing charges following a crash that happened in Biltmore Village last week. According to WLOB ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Thursday night at the intersection of Hendersonville Road and Lodge Street. The Transylvania County deputy, Sgt. Trevor Queen, was reportedly on his way to Mission Hospital to collect evidence about a dog attack at the time of the crash. Sgt. Queen reportedly put his blue lights and sirens on to get to the hospital. Although there was a red light at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Lodge Street, Queen proceeded through. His vehicle collided with an automobile that had a green light through the intersection. Both drivers were injured in the crash.

Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on I-26

On Saturday, there was a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 26 (U.S.-19) in Woodfin. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened between exit 24 and 25. Very little information has been released, but we do know that 73-year-old Jimmy Davis of Nashville was headed the wrong way on U.S.-19 North in the southbound lane, when his vehicle hit another vehicle head-on. Davis, a passenger in his vehicle and the other driver were all rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment. Davis did not survive his injuries.

Icy Roadway Conditions in Asheville

Over the weekend, icy conditions in and around Asheville had traffic at a standstill on many local roadways. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, some drivers were stuck on primary roads, highways and interstates for hours at a time. Some roads, including Interstate 40 at the bottom of Old Fort Mountain, had to be closed for safety. Highway patrol troopers in Western North Carolina report nearly 400 calls for service during the wintery weather conditions. Some of the roads were so slippery that first responders couldn't get to the wreckage. Many people abandoned their vehicles to walk home in the cold. Listed below are AAA's tips for safe driving in winter weather conditions.

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