On Saturday (January 2) at approximately 7:15 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Alexander County on N.C. 16 near the Wilkes County line. A 1994 Cadillac Deville was traveling south on NC 16, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on with a northbound 2010 Hyundai passenger car.
The driver of the Cadillac, 76-year-old Bobby Harris Lowe of Taylorsville, passed away at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. He was restrained by a seatbelt and the initial investigation does not indicate impairment as a contributing factor. The Hyundai was driven by a 48-year-old Wilkesboro resident.
As a result of the initial collision, the Hyundai collided with a guardrail and came to rest partially in the roadway. A passenger, a 35-year-old Moravian Falls resident, got out of the car and was attempting to assist an eight-year-old female passenger in the back seat when a northbound Ford pickup truck collided with the Hyundai. The woman was struck by the vehicle and was propelled over the guardrail.
The driver of the Ford, a Purlear man, was unable to see the crashed vehicles due to their damage, the dark roadway, and foggy conditions. That driver of the Hyundai, the Moravian Falls woman, and the child were transported by EMS to Wilkes Medical Center with serious injuries. The driver of the Ford sustained minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital. NC 16 was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation.