Fatality at Wilkesboro intersection

A woman driving the Ford Focus in lower left died when a pickup hit the driver’s side of the car in the intersection of Stokes Street and N.C. 268 West. The Ford is where it came to rest. The pickup was between the officer and the traffic cones before it was towed away.

A woman died as a result of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Stokes Street and N.C. 268 West in Wilkesboro Friday morning.

Edna Hayes Hall, 90, of Millers Creek, operating a 2009 Ford Focus, died at the scene, said Capt. Jason Delbert of the Wilkesboro Police Department.

According to Wilkesboro Officer B.D. Dancy’s report, Hall was at the stop sign on Stokes Street and was attempting to turn left onto N.C. 268 West when her Ford collided with a 1995 Toyota Tacoma pickup that was westbound on N.C. 268 West. Dancy said Hall failed to see the pickup before pulling out onto N.C. 268 West.

The front of the pickup, driven by Christopher Todd Reep, 37, of Boomer, hit the driver’s side of the Ford after the car pulled out onto N.C. 268 West. The impact forced the Ford off the south side of N.C. 268 West, where it came to rest in the lawn of a business. The pickup remained in a lane of N.C. 268 West.

Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported Hall’s husband, Thomas Franklin Hall, 82, of Millers Creek, to Wilkes Medical Center. He was sitting in the front passenger seat and had non-life threatening injuries, said Delbert.

Wilkes EMS also took Reep to Wilkes Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, said Delbert, adding that Reep was on his way home when the wreck occurred.

A Wilkesboro Fire Department member took a small dog that was in the back of the Ford for safe keeping.

Dancy’s report didn’t list any charges but it said the wreck was still under investigation by the Wilkesboro Police Department traffic collision reconstruction team.

It wasn’t clear if either of the Halls had just been vaccinated at a Wilkes Health Department clinic for second doses of the Moderna vaccine underway at the nearby Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge when the wreck happened at 9:50 a.m. Stokes Street is the clinic exit route.

Wilkes Sheriff’s Office deputies and North Wilkesboro Police Department officers assisted Wilkesboro officers with traffic control. Other Wilkesboro officers were working at the clinic.

Delbert said the Ford was a total loss and the pickup received about $4,000 in damage. He said the two drivers and the passenger were wearing seat belts.

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