One man was killed and another critically injured when a car overturned Sunday afternoon on Hunting Creek Road in southeastern Wilkes County, according to Trooper R.R. Walker of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Casey Tyler Robinson, 23, of Harmony died at the scene of head injuries and other trauma, Walker said.
Jeremy Nicholson, 30, of Iredell County was taken to the nearby Wilkes-Iredell Fire Station by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services. Critically injured, he was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by AirCare helicopter. Walker said Nicholson sustained multiple trauma.
Robinson and Nicholson were passengers in a 2003 Honda Civic driven by William Ernest Mitchell, 22, of Taylorsville, the trooper said. Mitchell was taken to Baptist by Wilkes EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Around 2:30 p.m., the Honda was westbound when it went off on the right, overcorrected and went off on the left and hit several large tree stumps as it went down an embankment, Walker said. The Honda overturned into a field on the south side of the road, coming to rest on its top.
Robinson and Nicholson were thrown from the vehicle as it overturned, Walker said. Mitchell was able to get himself out of the car.
Mitchell was charged by Trooper J.D. Cardwell with driving while impaired. He was impaired by drugs, Walker said.
The Wilkes-Iredell Fire Department and Wilkes Rescue Squad assisted. First responders and rescue personnel “did a great job at the scene and in setting up the landing zone” for the helicopter, Walker commented.
Troopers C.M. Anderson, Z.M. Jennings and B.W. Pettit assisted with the investigation.