By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



Tim Sechrist, left, Jeffrey Nelson and Robert Laws confer in the third floor hallway of the Surry County Courthouse on Wednesday.


Terri Flagg | The News

Robert Laws, left, speaks with Tim Sechrist, right, and Jeffrey Nelson in the third floor hallway of the Surry County Courthouse.


Terri Flagg | The News

DOBSON — A trial over a 2012 wreck involving a garbage truck neared resolution in Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred after dark on Turner Mountain Road in Pilot Mountain on Dec. 12, 2012.

The vehicle driven by plaintiff Gary Beamer collided with the rear corner of a truck owned by Mt. Pilot Garbage Service, which was located towards the right of the travel lane headed south.

Beamer is seeking damages for injuries caused by the accident that include traumatic brain injury, which he testified caused him to lose his job.

Though the jury, which was selected Tuesday, will decide what amount of damages will be awarded, if any, Superior Court handles cases where the amount in controversy is more than $25,000.

The question of whether the garbage truck’s tail lights were functioning properly before the accident emerged as an important point during the trial.

During his opening statement Tuesday, John Vermitsky, attorney for the plaintiff, told the jury they would hear two versions of the garbage truck’s condition.

Defense attorney Robert Laws reserved his opening statement Tuesday.

“You’re going to need to decide what is actually true,” Vermitsky said.

The plaintiff concluded presenting their case at about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The defense concluded by about 4:30 p.m., and Presiding Judge Lindsay Davis released the jury for the remainder of the day.

The trial is set to resume Thursday afternoon, when the jury will hear closing arguments.

Tim Sechrist, left, Jeffrey Nelson and Robert Laws confer in the third floor hallway of the Surry County Courthouse on Wednesday.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Attachment-1-1-2.jpgTim Sechrist, left, Jeffrey Nelson and Robert Laws confer in the third floor hallway of the Surry County Courthouse on Wednesday. Terri Flagg | The News

Robert Laws, left, speaks with Tim Sechrist, right, and Jeffrey Nelson in the third floor hallway of the Surry County Courthouse.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Attachment-1-4-1.jpgRobert Laws, left, speaks with Tim Sechrist, right, and Jeffrey Nelson in the third floor hallway of the Surry County Courthouse. Terri Flagg | The News

By Terri Flagg

[email protected]

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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