Watauga Democrat
August 22, 2007

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Second person dies from 421 motorcycle crash
By Melanie Davis

A fatal collision at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Bamboo Road has claimed another life.

The second victim of the accident, Kimberly Diana Blevins, 40, of Abingdon, Va., died from her injuries just before noon Tuesday at Baptist Hospital.

She was the passenger on the 2002 Harley Davidson, which was struck by a Nissan SUV Monday afternoon.

The motorcycle’s driver, James Richard Tignor, 40, of Lebanon, Va., died from his injuries that same evening.

Andrea Nicole Crawford, 21, an Appalachian State University student from Mooresville, was driving the Nissan and has been determined at fault.

Crawford has been charged with failure to yield right of way and two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Crawford was turning left onto Bamboo Road from the northbound lane of U.S. 421 when the Nissan Murano she was driving struck the southbound motorcycle.

According to her statement made at the scene, Crawford said she did not see the vehicle.

Both people on the 2002 Harley Davidson were thrown from the vehicle.

Tignor was treated at the scene and airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries on his 40th birthday.

A rescue worker cleans up following a fatal crash at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Bamboo Road in Boone on Monday. Photo by Melanie Davis

His passenger,  Blevins, was treated at the scene, transported to Watauga Medical Center and later flown to Baptist Hospital.

Boone Fire Department, Watauga Medics, Watauga Rescue, Boone Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Trooper David Hollars said Crawford failed to yield to oncoming traffic at the green light.


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