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July 23, 2014

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Originally published: 2013-07-11 08:45:21
Last modified: 2013-07-11 08:46:06

Numerous accidents occur during holiday period

By Capt. Aaron Miller

The holiday week came and went with few problems. Extra holiday traffic, however, did contribute to a higher number of traffic accidents.

Five traffic accidents were reported last week. A backing accident in the country club parking lot was reported on July 1. That accident resulted in minor damage.

An accident with injuries was reported on Valley Boulevard and New River Lakes Drive.

Officers report that a 1997 Buick driven by Jessica Christine Craig, 18, of Lenoir pulled out in front of a 1997 Subaru driven by Elizabeth Denna Coffey, 21, of Blowing Rock.

Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

 The drivers were checked for injuries, but all occupants refused further medical treatment. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

 On Wednesday, July 3, an accident was reported on Valley Boulevard at Little Springs Road.

According to the report, a 2002 Honda driven by Fairy Hodges Young, 82 of Blowing Rock pulled off of Little Springs Road in front of a 2009 Subaru driven by Matthew Colson Alexander, 28, of Todd. No injuries were reported and damages were estimated at $5,000.

On Friday, July 5, officers investigated a rear-end collision on Valley Boulevard at Westview Drive.

According to the report, a postal service vehicle driven by Zane Bruce Stilwell of Hickory failed to reduce speed and struck a Volkswagen driven by Carl Samuel Houser of Vale. No injuries were reported and damages were estimated at $2,700.
A hit-and-run accident was reported in the parking lot of Woodlands BBQ on Saturday, July 6. David Carroll Miller of Hickory reported that his vehicle was damaged by another vehicle while parked in the parking lot. Damage to Miller’s vehicle was estimated at $1,000. The incident is currently under investigation.

Michael Lee Jackson, 44, of Charlotte was arrested on Friday, July 5, following a traffic stop on Valley Boulevard. Jackson was arrested on outstanding warrants from Gaston County for charges of driving while license revoked and no operator’s license. Jackson was held at the Watauga County Jail on a $750 secured bond.

Seven citations were issued last week. Charges include driving while license revoked, no operator’s license, no insurance, expired registration and speeding.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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