A South Carolina truck driver has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in an accident last Wednesday that resulted in the death of a Sparta man.
According to NC Highway Patrol Officer Chuck Olive, Richard Stroud of West Columbia, SC was traveling east on NC 88 Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. when he lost control of the 2005 Kenworth tractor trailer he was driving on a snow-covered highway and struck head on a 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by 53-year-old Roger Dean Fender of Sparta. Fender was pinned in his vehicle, and it was several hours before the tractor trailer could be moved away from the pickup.
Stroud was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
Heavy wet snow that had fallen that morning and continued into the afternoon hampered efforts at the scene, about four miles east of Jefferson. The roadway was blocked for about five and a half hours.
The pickup was totaled and the tractor trailer had about $6,000 in damages, according to Olive.
Olive said Stroud has been scheduled for court March 17 and the investigation is continuing. He was assisted on scene by 1st Sgt. Needham, Sgt. Maultsby, and Troopers Hall and Grogan. Also responding were Ashe County Rescue Squad, Blue Ridge Medical Transport, Glendale and Jefferson Volunteer Fire Departments.
In another part of the county, on Flatwoods School Road in the Pond Mountain community, Wednesdays weather led to another accident with minor injuries to driver and passenger.
According to Trooper Kevin Aldridge, Mark Arnold, 39, and Eric Sholar, 36, both of Mountain City, TN, were injured when Arnold lost control of the Freeman gas truck he was driving on a snow covered road, went off the left side of the road and overturned around 10 a.m. Sholar was a passenger. Both were taken to a Mountain City, TN hospital for treatment. Trooper Aldridge said there was no spill from the accident and the truck was towed from the scene.