Watauga Democrat
September 3, 2007

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Injuries minor in dramatic wreck
By Melanie Davis

A four vehicle collision on N.C. 105 on Thursday looked horrific, however no serious injuries were reported.

David Whitley Jr., 17, of Banner Elk was traveling southbound when he lost control of the 1990 Acura Integra at approximately 4 p.m. According to Trooper D.W. Hollars of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Whitley was traveling at a high rate of speed when he hydroplaned, crossing the center line.

The Acura collided with the 2006 Honda CRV driven by Carol Turner, 53, of Vilas. The impact was not a direct head-on collision, but caused substantial damage to the front end of the Honda.

The Acura continued forward, colliding with the northbound 1998 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Dustin Greer of Hudson. The Acura broke in half upon impact with the Blazer.

Although this Honda Acura was literally sliced in two Thursday, there were no serious injuries reported in the four-car wreck. Photo by Marie Freeman

The front half of the Acura continued southbound and was struck by a 2004 International tractor trailer. The tractor trailer was driven by Jerome Klein, 50, and is owned by Corsicana out of Greensboro.

The rear half of the Acura came to rest in the northbound lane of traffic.

The accident occurred one mile south of Boone city limits, on a section of N.C. 105 commonly referred to as “rock crusher hill.”

“Looking at the scene of this accident, it is amazing no one was seriously injured,” Hollars said.

Whitley was transported to Watauga Medical Center. He sustained a laceration on his leg.

Turner, Greer and the passenger in the Blazer, Victor Hartley, 36, also of Hudson, were transported to Watauga Medical Center for minor injuries.

Boone Fire Department, Watauga Medics, Cove Creek Fire Department and first responders, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Charges against Whitley are pending.


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