At about 5:45 this morning (November 12), the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Iredell County on N.C. 115 (Wilkesboro Highway), near Pisgah Church Road. A 1997 Ford Ranger traveling south on N.C. 115 crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
The driver of the Ford, 23-year-old Dylan Lee Poole of Statesville, died from injuries sustained during the collision. The passenger in the Ford, 23-year-old Jaime Marie Batcher of Stony Point, also passed away at the scene. The driver of the Jeep, 33-year-old Ryan Bourgeois of Statesville, was seriously injured and initially transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville before being transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winton-Salem.
The deceased were not wearing seatbelts. The initial investigation indicates that the Ford was exceeding a safe speed for the rainy conditions and hydroplaned. The roadway was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation.