1 killed, 1 injured after tree falls on vehicle in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- One person was killed Wednesday evening when a large tree uprooted and fell onto a vehicle due to strong winds.

Police say a 2001 Ford Focus was traveling north in the 2000 block of Reynolda Road around 6:30 p.m. when the tree fell onto the car.

The driver, Justin Timothy Cardwell, 25, of Winston-Salem, sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

The passenger, Rebecca Dobbins, 26, of Winston-Salem, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Baptist Hospital. Her injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Reynolda Road was closed for a time after the accident but has since reopened.


  • blueskyday

    What sad news… and yet another reminder that we or those we love could go at any time…. make life count, hug your loved ones, don’t stay mad, etc…..

  • Brian

    This was one of my friends son that was killed tonight..This was horrible! God bless Justins family who are going through this terrible time!
    I can’t believe that they started running news about the power being out on the same video on the accident either..

  • Steve Cardwell Sr.

    My dear nephew, I am sorry we lost you today. So young and full of life. Justin, rest in Gods loving embrace.

  • blueskyday

    Brian and Steve, I am so sorry for your loss. I have a son around the age of the young man who passed away… I can’t imagine the pain, losing someone so unexpectedly, and so young…. prayers for the family, and for all friends who lost someone dear.

  • Dennis Dobbins

    Justin was going to marry my daughter, I am saddened by his passing but I know where he is and we’ll meet again. It was an honor to know such a caring, loving, humble young man.

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