BAD PASS: Double fatal collision in Wilkes County

BAD PASS: Double fatal collision in Wilkes County
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SPECIAL REPORT to Blowing Rock News from North Carolina State Highway Patrol. By Jeffrey S. Swagger, Master Trooper. May 3, 2019. MCGRADY, NC — On Thursday, 2 May 2019 at approximately 4:40 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a double fatal collision in Wilkes County on NC 18 near Painter Lane.  Painter Lane is located about one-half mile south of the McGrady Fire Department.

A 2006 Ford Freestyle was traveling north on NC 18 and following a school bus.  A 2003 GMC pickup truck was traveling south on NC 18.  The Ford began attempting to pass the school bus in a passing zone.  Before completing the passing maneuver and upon approaching a curve, the northbound Ford encountered the southbound GMC.  Although the GMC attempted to avoid the collision, the vehicles collided head-on.  The Ford came to rest in the roadway; the GMC overturned and came to rest on a guardrail on the shoulder.

The driver of the Ford was Cassandra Elizabeth Gilbert, 16, of McGrady.  She was accompanied by her sister, Madison Grace Gilbert, 12, of McGrady.  Both girls died as a result of the collision.

The driver of the GMC was Michael Shane Miller, 43, of Millers Creek.  He was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

All occupants were restrained by seatbelts; no impairment is suspected.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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