A Ronda man lost his life in a fiery collision Monday afternoon on Greenhorn Road in the Shepherds Crossroads community, according to Trooper S.R. Hargrove of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Alvin Dale Johnson, 62, of Factory Street, driver of a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, died at the scene, Hargrove said.
Jessica Sorto-Escobar, 21, of Austin-Little Mountain Road, driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe sport/utility vehicle, was taken by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin. She was transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment of fractures, the trooper said.
Sorto-Escobar’s children, four-month-old Sage Anderson, Sadie Anderson, 6, Kinsley Anderson, 19-months-old, and Case Anderson, 2, were taken to Hugh Chatham by Wilkes EMS for treatment of abrasions and bruises, Hargrove said. He noted that the children were secured in child safety seats and that Sorto-Escobar was wearing her seatbelt.
Around 3:40 p.m., the vehicles, traveling in opposite directions, collided on Greenhorn Road, Hargrove said. Johnson’s truck went off the road, overturned and burst into flames. He wasn’t able to get out of the truck.
Sorto-Escobar’s Tahoe came to rest in the road.
Hargrove said further investigation is being conducted to determine which driver was left of center. Trooper K.J. Oakes and Sgt. W.A. Martin assisted Hargrove at the scene.
Wilkes Rescue Squad, personnel from the Shepherds Crossroads and Ronda fire departments and deputies from the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene