Names released of victims killed in wreck near Asheboro

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — Two people died and another person was injured in back-to-back crashes just west of Asheboro Saturday night.

David Smith III, 31, of Thomasville, and Kimberly Rule, 47, of Davidson County, died instantly when Smith’s vehicle struck Rule’s head on, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper B. Welch.

Prior to the accident, authorities said Smith was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee east on Highway 64 West. His vehicle crossed the centerline around 8:40 p.m. hitting Rule’s Ford F150, according to Welch.

Emergency responders airlifted a 20-year-old passenger in Smith’s car to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.

Welch said a second wreck happened moments after the first, when the driver of an Oldsmobile Alero drove up to the accident while Smith’s vehicle was still in the roadway.

Authorities said the Oldsmobile’s driver did not see the Jeep until it was too late. The driver reportedly tried to swerve to avoid the wreck but ended up striking the front corner of the Jeep. There were three passengers in Oldsmobile.

No one was injured in the second accident. Neither alcohol, cell phones nor speed were a factor in the crashes, according to Welch.

The Greensboro News & Record contributed to this report.