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One Person Killed in New Years Eve Crash in Ashe County

One person was killed in an accident in Ashe County on New Year’s Eve. The deceased is 66-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez, Jr. of Fleetwood.

At about 4:20 p.m. on Saturday (December 31), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on U.S. Highway 221 near Paul Goodman Road. A southbound 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling on Highway 221 ran off the right side of the road, collided with an embankment, struck two roadway signs, and overturned.

Mr. Hernandez, who was driving the Jeep, passed away at the scene. He was not restrained by a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.