Last updated: October 11. 2013 2:40PM - 3015 Views
By Keith Strange Staff Report

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A 24-year-old Winston Salem man was airlifted from the scene of an accident — and charged with driving while impaired — after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. 52 Tuesday night.

According to Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton, Steven Sheppard, of Elizabeth Ave., in Winston-Salem, was injured after walking into the roadway at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Cook School Road shortly after 9 p.m.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.A. Casstevens said a piece of debris in the roadway initiated a chain of events that resulted in Sheppard being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Health in serious but stable condition.

“A vehicle had hit a large metal object in the roadway on 52, and it busted their tire,” Casstevens said. “As they were changing their tire, a vehicle operated by Mr. Sheppard hit the object, damaging their vehicle.”

Sheppard reportedly pulled in behind the first vehicle to check on his car, a Buick Rendezvous.

A passenger in Sheppard’s vehicle, identified by police as Becca Deneteras, no age listed, told Casstevens that Sheppard wanted to remove the piece of metal, so he began walking up the northbound lane on the left-hand shoulder.

“As he was returning to his vehicle, he crossed the road and was struck by a 2002 Ford Taurus operated by Ashley Nicole Smith,” the trooper said.

No charges were filed against Smith, but Sheppard was charged at the scene with driving while impaired, according to Casstevens.

Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.

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