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Sheriff releases statement on fatal accident PDF Print
Thursday, 18 October 2007 08:57
Sheriff Kevin Frye released a statement to clarify the circumstances surrounding a 221 accident that proved fatal on October 13. 

In the statement, Frye said rumors spread by other High Country media organizations are false: a sheriff’s vehicle was not in pursuit of the car. Frye said the county needs to embrace victim Justin Vaughn Daniels’ family and the families of the others injured.


The statement is below in its entirety: 


“There have been a tremendous amount of rumors regarding this accident, this seems to always happen when a young person dies tragically in a traffic accident. First I would like let the Daniels family know that they are in our thoughts and prayers, and we will be there to assist if you need us at any time. The families of the others involved are also in our prayers during their recuperation. No one at this time should try to speculate on the cause of this accident until all the details of the investigation are released by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. I would also like to end speculation about the vehicle being perused by an Avery County Sheriff’s Deputy, which is totally a false rumor. I had a deputy, Sgt. Rick Wise, that was sitting stationary at Laurel County Store in Pineola, he saw the vehicle traveling south on Highway 221 but by the time he pulled out from Laurel County Store the vehicle’s taillights were already going out of sight. This deputy pulled out but did not activate his blue lights or siren, but did proceed to travel south on Highway 221 and was the first person on the scene and made the initial call for medical assistance. This deputy and another deputy, K-9 deputy Casey Lee, who arrived on scene shortly thereafter provided care until medical personnel arrived on scene. I hope this clears up some of the rumors, but first and foremost I think we need to as a county embrace the Daniels family and the families of those others that were injured and pray for them during this time.”

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