Monday, 29 October 2007 19:00
Three fatal accidents since Friday have the High
Country mourning today.
Friday, 62-year-old Thomas Cameron Simon, 65-year-old George
Wesley Wiggins and 63-year-old Mary E. Wiggins of Ashe County and Sarasota
Florida were killed when a tractor-trailer crossed the centerline, overturned
and slid into their northbound Chevrolet Avalanche pickup. The incident
happened about 12 miles west of Wilkesboro on N.C. Highway 421. Tractor-trailer
driver 47-year-old Curtis Isaac Mondy of St. Petersburg, Florida was charged
with three counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle and one count of reckless
Wilkes County was hit with loss on Sunday when 37-year-old
Victor Manuel Chilel wrecked his car on Suncrest Orchard Road just west of
North Wilkesboro. No other cars or individuals were involved. Chilel was
pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities suspect alcohol was involved, but are
awaiting the results of a toxicology report.
Miles from Friday’s wreck, a Nissan Xterra slid across the
centerline of 421 into a northbound Chevrolet Corsica early yesterday, causing
the Corsica to slide head-on into a logging truck, killing a Zionville man.
Troopers say 31-year-old Marshal Shawn Hopper of Zionville may have fallen asleep
at the wheel when he lost control of the Xterra. The Corsica driver,
40-year-old William Craig Isaacs of Zionville, was pronounced dead at the
Monday’s accident happened just after 7:30 a.m. in the
Cove Creek community.