First Posted: 11/12/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN Two accidents caused by heavy rain Thursday morning sent two teens to the hospital. The second accident involved a firefighter responding to the call of the first wreck.
The first accident was reported at 7:22 a.m. Zerek Alexander Holt, of 156 E. Sheep Farm Road, Mount Airy, was traveling south on Old U.S. 52 when he hydroplaned at the intersection of Key Street, causing his 2005 Chevy Equinox to travel off the right-hand side of the road, down an embankment and striking a tree, according to Pilot Mountain Police Chief Darryl Bottoms.
Holt is a student at East Surry High School.
There was a lot of water standing on the road at that time of the morning. It was pouring this morning. I think that weather conditions related to the accident. When he did hydroplane, it took his vehicle off the road to the right, once he hit the soft shoulder, it pulled him all the way down off the embankment. He hit a tree and he was resting there in the creek, Bottoms said.
The Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad responded to the call along with members of the Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department and Surry County EMS.
Dennis Manuel, the chief of the rescue squad, said the call initially came in as a pin-in accident. But after rescuers arrived on the scene, they were able to bring Holt out through the passenger side of the vehicle. Manuel said they put him on a backboard, then in a stokes basket to bring him up the steep ravine.
Holt was transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County, but after an evaluation, he was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
He is a very lucky young man, Bottoms said.
While responding to the wreck, a member of the fire department was involved in an accident on U.S. 52 southbound before reaching the first Pilot Mountain exit, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Van Tate.
At 7:35 a.m., Joshua Christian Icenhower, 18, of Pilot Mountain, crashed his 1995 Dodge Neon when he left the roadway and struck an embankment. Tate said the car rolled over, ejecting Icenhower, who was not wearing a seat belt. He said he hydroplaned, which was not helped by slick tires.
He had a broken arm and possibly a broken shoulder. I know he was in a lot of pain. Its a debilitating injury, Tate said.
Icenhower was charged with exceeding a safe speed for the conditions and for improper equipment. He was taken to Baptist hospital.
Both Holt and Icenhower remained in the hospital Wednesday evening. Their conditions were not available.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.