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MILLERS CREEK — A Boone man died while riding as a passenger and others were injured in a two-vehicle collision in Wilkes County on March 7.

N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper J.G. Barnes said he responded to the 7:58 p.m. call of a crash between a Toyota Avalon and Cadillac Escalade.

The Avalon — driven by Anthony Malone Lewis, 43, of Boone — was making a left turn from N.C. 16 into Myers Tire in Millers Creek. The Avalon was struck on the right side by the Escalade traveling South on N.C. 16 — driven by Courtney Shane Anderson, 26, of Moravian Falls.

Anderson drove herself and her 7-year-old passenger to the hospital for minor injuries, according to Barnes.

Donald Leon Kanupp, 55, of Boone, was a passenger in the Avalon and died en route to Wilkes Regional Medical Center. Jennifer Lewis, 32, a passenger in the back of the vehicle, was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Anthony Lewis and a 7-year-old passenger were transported to Wilkes Regional Medical Center and were treated and released.

SHP Trooper Z.M. Jennings, Wilkes Rescue and Millers Creek Fire Department also responded to the scene. Barnes said first responders removed the top of the vehicle to assist Kanupp out of the vehicle. Traffic was blocked for roughly 45 minutes on N.C. 16 while first responders were at the scene, Barnes said.

Barnes cited Anthony Lewis with reckless driving with other charges pending. He said the incident may have happened due to distraction. Both vehicles were a total loss.

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