On Monday (October 26) at approximately 3:15 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Caldwell County on U.S. 321 near Indian Grave Road. A 2006 Ford Ranger was traveling north on 321, ran off the road to the left, overcorrected, and then overturned several times in the northbound lanes.
The driver of the truck, a 20-year-old Boone man, sustained minor injuries. The passenger, 21-year-old Deanna Jean Smith of Boone, passed away as a result of her injuries at the scene. Smith was not restrained by a seatbelt.
The northbound lanes were closed until approximately 5:00 p.m. A decision concerning charges is pending further consultation with the Caldwell County District Attorney’s office.