A three-car accident on US 221 near the intersection of Idlewild Road on Friday has left a Lenoir man in critical condition.
According to Trooper Jeff Rose of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 55-year-old Randy Eugene Gentry of Lenoir was traveling north on U.S. 221 in a 1992 Jeep when he crossed the centerline and sideswiped a 2004 Ford driven by 56-year-old Perry Tim Sexton of Jefferson. After striking Sexton’s vehicle, Gentry then collided with 2003 Jaguar driven by 24-year-old Gregory Franklin Crouse of Crumpler. Crouse’s Jaguar then traveled down an embankment where it came to rest off the southbound shoulder of the roadway. Gentry’s Jeep eventually came to rest on the northbound shoulder of the highway facing south.
The NCHP has estimated the damage of Crouse’s Jaguar to be $7,500, $3,000 to Sexton’s Ford, and $5,500 of damage to Gentry’s Jeep.
Crouse was transported to Ashe Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. Gentry was transported to AMH before being transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he is still listed in critical condition, a hospital public relations official said Thursday.
Charges against Gentry are pending, Rose said.