Driver has fourth wreck in two weeks


First Posted: 5/13/2009

A Mount Airy man was airlifted to a Winston-Salem trauma center after sustaining head and chest injuries in the fourth wreck in two weeks.
William Ryan Thomas, 19, of 1238 W. Imogene Church Road, was listed in critical, but stable condition Wednesday afternoon. Thomas was initially trapped in the overturned car that came to a rest in a field on Maple Grove Church Road near Beamer Road shortly after 2 p.m. He apparently was returning home from the N.C. License Plate office Wednesday when he drove off the road, struck a tree and flipped his 2007 Dodge Caliber, according N.C. Highway Trooper Terry Bullington. He said alcohol was not suspected in the accident.
It appears that he just ran off the road, ran up the embankment, hit the tree on the drivers side, and then the car came to a rest on its top, Bullington said. There were no skid marks and no brake marks whatsoever.
Firefighters with the Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and members of the Mount Airy Rescue Squad freed Thomas from the vehicle. Paramedics with Surry Emergency Services treated Thomas until flight medics with AirCare were able to transport him to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Bullington said Thomas had been involved in a wreck on Franklin Road that was investigated by the Mount Airy Police Department on May 2. He said the wreck report was still in Thomas vehicle at the time of the wreck yesterday. Bullington said Thomas reported that he had fallen asleep at the wheel during the May 2 accident.
Bullington said witnesses at the scene said Thomas had accidentally driven through his uncles barn about a week ago. That incident was not reported to police. A fourth wreck was discussed at the scene of yesterdays incident, but no information on that accident was available Wednesday.
Bullington said the spare tire from the May 2 wreck was still on the front end of the vehicle. He said a neighbor heard a loud pop then heard the wreck, saw the smoke, then called 911.
Bullington said Thomas was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
The car is considered a total loss, Bullington said. An investigation of the accident is still pending.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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