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Friday
Sep072007

Two People Hurt in Thursday Wrecks

Two people were taken to the hospital yesterday following wrecks on US 421 in Wilkesboro.

The first wreck happened about 9:45 yesterday morning, on 421 at Highway 18, in front of Oakwoods Homes. Police say 50-year old Kernersville resident John Edward Davis was eastbound on 421 in a commercial truck owned by a marble company out of Georgia. He was driving an estimated 65 miles and hour in the 50 mile and hour zone. The wreck investigation shows he saw he was about to hit a 1997 Lexus driven by 38 year old Wilkesboro resident Marie Davis, and locked the brakes. The resulting slide was about 100 feet, and police estimate his speed at the time of impact was still about 65 miles an hour. The car and truck slid together for another 350 feet or more, coming to rest on their wheels in the eastbound lane. According to police, Marie Davis was driving the speed limit when she was hit from behind. She suffered serious injuries, and was taken by ground ambulance to Forsyth Regional Medical Center. John Davis was not inured. He was ticketed with reckless driving and failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash. The wreck backed up eastbound traffic for over an hour.

Police cited a 16-year old girl for failing to slow down, after they say she rear-ended a semi-truck at 421 and Addison Road, in front of Kentucky Fried Chicken, about 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Britney Shew, from Wilkesboro, was taken by ambulance to Wilkes Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. According to the accident report, she was driving a 1998 Jeep eastbound on 421 and rear-ended the semi driven by 45-year old Billy Wayne Kerley of Statesville, which was stooped at the red light. Police say she was not speeding, but simply failed to stop to avoid the wreck. She received a ticket for not slowing down. Kerley was not injured.

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