Special Report to Blowing Rock News from NC State Highway Patrol. By Master Trooper Jeffrey S. Swagger. January 3, 2020. NEWTON, NC – On Friday, 3 January 2020, at approximately 6:47 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Catawba County on Slanting Bridge Road near Vista View Drive. A pedestrian was walking in the northbound lane when struck by a 2012 Nissan Maxima which was traveling north. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and the roadway was not lighted.
The pedestrian, Samantha Lee Beaver, 20, of Sherrills Ford, died at the scene. The driver of the Nissan, Chad Jefferson Duggins, 47, of Denver, was not injured. He immediately stopped and called 911. No charges are expected to be filed.