The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 29, 2012

Union County man dies after accident

Stanfield wreck occurred Monday

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer

Monday, October 29, 2012 — A man died Wednesday following an early Monday morning traffic accident.

An accident in Stanfield caused James Mikell Baucom, of Monroe, to be taken to Stanly Regional Medical Center after his car crossed the center line and came to rest in a ditch on Love Mill Road at 6:20 a.m. Oct. 22.

According to the report, Baucom, 55, was approaching a curve near the area where Love Mill Road intersects with Tite Road when he began to have medical problems. The report shows he ran through an embankment before coming to rest in the ditch. It’s believed that the vehicle traveled nearly 200 feet after making an impact into the embankment. Although there was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle, the report shows that he suffered no injuries.

The condition of the driver was not mentioned in the report, however, The Stanly News & Press received an obituary for Baucom, who passed away Oct. 24. According to the highway patrol, the accident was medically related, but the death was not.

A number of other vehicle accidents throughout the county caused notable damages or injuries.

One accident involving a large chicken truck caused visible injuries to the driving while killing many chickens last week off Ridenhour Road in Richfield. The accident occurred at 5:39 a.m. Oct. 23 when, according to an accident report from N.C. Highway Patrol, the driver, Wendell Belk of Pageland, S.C., exceeded a safe speed approaching a curve and lost control of the vehicle.

The report shows the vehicle rolled over coming out of the curve, collided with a brick mailbox and came to rest on the north bound travel lane and partially off the roadway.

The driver was trapped inside the vehicle until assistance personnel arrived on scene. It’s estimated that the accident caused $100,000 in damages.

The owner of the truck was M&L Riggers of Monroe.

Belk was charged with exceeding a safe speed and taken by Stanly EMS to Stanly Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Multi-car accident

in Red Cross

A multi-car accident occurred in Red Cross on Oct. 22 as one vehicle was attempting to turn left onto S.R. 1131 from N.C. 205. According to the Highway Patrol incident report, the driver, Roger Hill, was attempting to turn left, but was struck by an oncoming vehicle being driven by Tyler Turner.

Turner’s car then collided with a street sign. It’s estimated that the driver turning left was moving at a speed of 15 mph while the oncoming vehicle was traveling 35 mph at impact.

A third vehicle became involved when debris off the second vehicle, coming south on N.C. 205, came off that vehicle and struck the third vehicle in the left rear.

The report shows Turner may have suffered injuries, while the driver of the other two vehicles showed no signs of injury.

Hill, who was not wearing a seat belt, was cited with a failure to yield.

The primary vehicles in the collision were towed from the scene, and Turner was taken by Stanly EMS to Stanly Regional Medical Center.