One hurt in two-car crash

Kevin Spradlin Richmond County Daily Journal

October 25, 2013

ROCKINGHAM —An Ellerbe woman was injured Friday afternoon when the car she was driving was struck by another vehicle.

The incident occurred on northbound U.S. Route 220 near the intersection of Lee Street.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., Mary Chavis turned onto Route 220 and proceed north while operating her 2011 Ford Taurus sedan in the right lane. Chavis said another vehicle traveling in the left lane and slightly ahead of her moved to the right. That car, Chavis said, struck hers.

The force sent her sedan off the roadway and up an embankment that parallels Route 220.

Chavis said she was on her way to Mineral Springs Elementary School to pick up her grandson when her vehicle was struck.

The driver of the other car, a man from outside Richmond County, “hit the front end of my car,” Chavis said. “Next thing I know, I was up that bank.”

“I don’t think they saw me,” Chavis said. “The policeman said if I’d have been going any faster, I’d have flipped it.”

Chavis said she was traveling between 40 and 45 mph in the 50 mph zone as she was not too far from the traffic light after turning off Highway 74.

Chavis talked with police and family members while her vehicle was recovered and towed by Arlo’s Wrecker Service.

Units from Rockingham police and fire departments responded to the scene, as did FirstHealth EMS. Chavis initially declined transport to FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital but later indicated a family member would driver her to seek medical treatment.

A Rockingham Police Department representative declined to release additional details of the accident. No information on any charges or citations pending was available.