Two people were pronounced dead at the scene of a Wilkesboro Highway crash on the morning of November 12. They have been identified as 23-year-old Dylan Poole of Statesville and 23-year-old Jaime Batcher of Stony Point.
Their deaths were confirmed by Trooper C.B. Saunders of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The trooper said Poole was heading south on the highway in a 1997 Ford Ranger when the accident occurred around 5:50 a.m. close to Pisgah Church Road. Batcher was a passenger in the vehicle.
Saunders said Poole lost control of the truck and went over the centerline. He struck a 2018 Jeep Wrangler that was driven by 33-year-old Statesville resident Ryan Bourgeois.
According to Saunders, Bourgeois was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Winston-Salem’s Wake Forest Baptist Health.
The trooper revealed that neither Batcher nor Poole wore a seatbelt. The highway patrol also indicated that the truck was traveling too fast for the conditions and it hydroplaned.
Among those responding to the Wilkesboro Highway crash were the Trinity Fire Department, Iredell Rescue Squad, and Iredell EMS. The highway was closed for about four hours.
Batcher and Poole were among at least six people whose deaths were in some way attributed to the weather that wreaked havoc in and around Charlotte.
Sheriff Chris Bowman said three people died as a result of waters that engulfed the Hiddenite Family Campground in Alexander County.
Meanwhile, another individual in Alexander County died after their car ran off the road and into the water.
Sections of Interstate 85 in the Charlotte area were closed on Thursday morning following rain that caused widespread power outages.
If you lost a loved one in a crash caused by a reckless driver, you may be able to get compensation for your losses. A North Carolina car accident attorney can investigate and help you to build a case.