WARRENSVILLE — A two-vehicle wreck at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, resulted in a medical airlift by helicopter, closing both lanes of traffic on N.C. 88/N.C.194 between Warrensville and Jefferson for around two hours, later leading to the death of one of the involved motorists July 7, according to Badger Funeral Home and family sources.
William Gregory Howell of Jefferson was driving a 2017 Yamaha moped east on N.C. 88 when his vehicle crossed the centerline into the westbound lane, where Kevin Wayne Jones of Lansing was driving a 2015 Ram truck, according to the wreck report by N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Denny Parunak.
The Ram truck dropped off the right shoulder of N.C. 88 in an attempt to avoid the oncoming Yamaha moped, but the vehicles struck head on, overturning the moped and ejecting Howell onto the westbound shoulder, Parunak’s report said.
Both vehicles came to rest on the westbound lane, at which point North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Ashe Community Paramedics were among the emergency services who responded to the wreck, closing both lanes of traffic along the curving section of N.C. 88 near Stanley Road from 3:30 p.m. until around 5:30 p.m.
Jones did not require medical transportation, the wreck report said. Neither vehicle was considered drivable, with $4,500 in estimated damage to the Ram, and $3,000 to the Yamaha.
By 4:05 p.m., a Wings Air Rescue helicopter was on the ground at Ashe County Middle School, whereupon Howell was transported to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, according to the wreck report. According to an obituary from Badger Funeral Home, a William Gregory “Pete” Howell died Sunday, July 7 at Bristol Regional Medical Center.