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Investigators, prosecutors discuss Friday accident PDF Print
Monday, 26 November 2007 18:00

Boone police officers, investigators and District Attorney Gerry Wilson met with an accident reconstruction team yesterday evening to discuss a Friday collision that left a 22-year-old Watauga High School graduate dead.

Aisling Broadcasting spoke with Boone Police Officer Josh Watson late yesterday evening- and he says that, while the department cannot release details about the pending case, more charges should be filed in the immediate future against 25-year-old Juan Manuel Juarez Reyes.

Reyes has already been charged with driving while impaired, driving without an operator’s license and three felony counts of causing serious injury with a motor vehicle.

Reyes’ Ford Explorer rear-ended a Lexus SUV that was stopped to turn left at Poplar Hill on Highway 105 just before 11 p.m. Friday night. The impact pushed the Lexus over 250 feet into a 2003 Ford Watauga County patrol vehicle. While the patrol car’s driver, Watauga Deputy Perry Scot Brown, was not injured, all occupants of the Lexus required medical attention.

Lexus driver Sally Ellis Newell and daughter, 18-year-old passenger Jacqueline Newell were treated and released from Watauga Medical Center.

Sally’s husband, Brian Newell, and son, 22-year-old Andrew Newell, were transported to Johnson City Medical Center. Andrew died of his injuries. Brian was listed in critical condition.
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