DOBSON — A two-car accident on Friday night near Dobson has resulted in a double fatality and one injured.
According to Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton, the call for the accident was received at about 8:09 p.m. Friday. A total of three vehicles were involved in the accident.
According to Trooper Robert Boyes of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a four-door Ford Taurus driven by 73-year-old George Flippen of Melton Road in Elkin was traveling west on Zephyr Road two miles outside of Dobson near I-77. Flippen’s wife, Johnsie, who was 78, also of Melton road was a passenger in the Ford. Both died as a result of the wreck.
A Chevrolet Blazer driven by James Dylan Sawyers, 20, of White Dirt Road in Dobson, was following the Flippen vehicle. At this same time, a dually pickup truck driven by Luz Cruz, 48, of Vista Lane in Dobson, pulling a trailer was traveling east on Zephyr. Boyes said that Sawyers and Cruz reported that Flippen’s car suddenly crossed the center lane and struck Cruz’s truck, left headlight to left headlight. The incident happened so suddenly no braking occurred. the trooper reported.
George Flippen was pronounced dead on the scene as a result of the severe, violent impact. He was wearing a seat belt and the jaws of life were later used to remove his body from the vehicle. His wife, Johnsie, appeared to be critically injured and was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. Boyes said that life-saving procedures were preformed to her on the scene. She died shortly before reaching the hospital and preliminary investigation indicates her fatal injuries were consistent with blunt force trauma.
Cruz was transported to Baptist hospital via a Surry County EMS ground unit with injuries to his face and head and appeared to be in serious but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
Sawyers’ car had minor damage to its front end from contact with the Flippen vehicle that was spun around and came to rest in the middle of the west-bound lane. Boyes said his vehicle did not contribute to the accident and that Sawyers was not injured. Sawyers description of the accident matched Cruz’s account.
Boyes said no charges will be filed in connection with the accident and alcohol and speed were not a factor in the crash.
Assisting on the scene were Central Surry Volunteer Fire Department and Dobson and Mountain Park rescue squads.