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Woman in ‘critical condition’ after single-vehicle crash in Elon

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ELON, N.C. — A 21-year-old woman was critically injured when she was involved in a single-vehicle collision Sunday afternoon in Elon.

Police say the wreck happened around 3 p.m. on South Williamson Avenue.

The driver, Devon Noelle Bartholf of West Grove, Pa. was traveling north at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her vehicle. The car left the road and struck a utility pole, coming to rest in a post office parking lot.

Bartholf was transported to Alamance Regional Medical Center, then transferred to UNC-Hospital via Life-flight in critical condition.

Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors, police say.

The investigation is ongoing.


  • BCA

    Thankfully this irresponsible driver only injured herself. At times, this can be a very busy area with vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists….it could have been much worse. She’s probably lucky that she crashed right next to the fire station, and across from police department.

    • Her friend

      She is not irresponsible. I think that comment was very rude. There is no conformation of alcohol being involved an investigation is still going on. Drinking and driving is not a good thing I agree but you still need to be respectful of Devon and her possibly ins angered life.

      • BCA

        She was speeding and possibly drinking….please explain how both of those things are not irresponsible behavior? I travel this area daily, with my children in the car, and I know how much worse this could have been. I was not being rude, just honest. I hope your friend makes a full recovery, and hopefully learns from this accident. I’m just thankful that she didn’t injure or kill an innocent person.

      • Cam

        The comment’s not rude, it’s honest and it’s what a lot of people would think. I agree with BCA. It’s a really stupid and selfish move to drive drunk. People are thankful that she didn’t hit a bunch of pedestrians, or hit other cars. I wish her a speedy recovery and that she learns her lesson and avoids making the same mistake again.

  • Her friend

    She was speeding, that has been confirmed. Her blood alchol level has not been determined yet so I would appreciate it if people stop calling her stupid and selfish.

    Everyone speeds every once in awhile. So don’t single her out.

    I am thankful no one else got hurt. And agree it could have been a lot worse. Can we leave it at that and stop all this.

    • BCA

      She was speeding 61 in a 35 mph zone (as reported by The Burlington Times News), while approaching 2 traffic lights, and an area with a high amount of pedestrian traffic, and crosswalks (and possibly under the influence of alcohol). I know you want to defend your friend, but you need to realize that she made a very poor, dangerous choice.

    • CJ

      “Everyone speeds every once in a while” – Yes, but don’t downplay the fact that she was going 61 in a 35. Going 10-20 miles over the limit on a freeway is definitely not the same thing as going 60 in a more crowded area with a ton of pedestrians and traffic lights. Even if she wasn’t driving under the influence, the speeding WAS still stupid. I wish her the best, but she made some really idiotic decisions.

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