A Wilkes County man was killed in an Alexander County crash Sunday (May 22) and a Catawba County resident has been charged in the wreck. The deceased is 66-year-old James Wallace Thompson of Wilkesboro. Sunday at approximately 7:55 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 127 near Rink Dam Road. A 2012 Toyota Scion was traveling north on N.C. 127, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on with a southbound 2008 Toyota Prius.
The driver of the Scion, 27-year-old Cierra Leshay Jones of Newton, received non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The driver of the Prius, James Wallace Thompson, received critical injuries and was transported by EMS to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory where he passed away as a result of his injuries. A 63-year-old female and three child passengers were injured and transported by EMS to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
All occupants were restrained by seatbelts. The initial investigation indicates a contributing circumstance of alcohol impairment on the part of the driver of the Scion. Jones has been charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving, driving left of center, and transporting an open container. Additional charges are pending the ongoing investigation and consultation with the Alexander County District Attorney’s Office.