First Posted: 8/1/2009
Every six months the North Carolina Highway Patrol reopens the unsolved or cold case files on all hit and run motor vehicle collisions resulting in serious injury or death, hoping to gather new leads or information on the fleeing vehicle.
Trooper H.A. Hiatt is seeking leads on two unsolved cases that both happened on Interstate 77.
On July 8, 2008, at 12:54 a.m. a 2002 Pontiac was traveling south on Interstate 77 near the 86 mile marker, driven by Adron Seth Whisman of Olive Hill, Kentucky. Whisman was traveling in the right lane and was being passed by a tractor and trailer traveling in the left lane.
The tractor and trailer merged into the right lane, side swiping Whismans Pontiac. He lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the right side of I-77, striking the end of guard rail. Whisman later died from his injuries at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center.
There should be damage to the tractor and trailers right side. There is no further description of the truck or operator, Hiatt said.
On Dec. 13, 2008, at 11:16 p.m., Kayla Renee Rogers, 26, of 8604 Austin Traphill, Wilkes County, wrecked on the left shoulder of Interstate 77 southbound near the 96-mile marker.
Hiatt said she was driving a 1999 Toyota when she lost control and struck an embankment.
It is unknown for what reason, but after she wrecked, she got out of her vehicle and walked onto the left travel lane of I-77. Miss Rogers was then struck by an unknown vehicle. The force of the impact caused severe injuries to Miss Rogers, who is still to this day going through physical therapy to learn how to walk again, Hiatt said.
Anyone with information on these two cases is asked to contact the North Carolina Highway Patrol, at the Troop E District 5 Office, 1687 North Bridge Street, Elkin or call 835-5121.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.