Woman, 3-year-old son killed in multi-vehicle crash in NC


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ASHE COUNTY, N.C. (WJZY) — A 22-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Monday night along US 221 in Ashe County, according to NC State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. on US 221 near Shatley Road.

Troopers said a 2005 Honda CRV was going south on US 221, drove left of center and crashed head-on with a northbound 1988 Ford Mustang. The initial investigation shows the driver of the Ford swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid the Honda.

The driver of the Honda, identified as William Calhoun, 65, of Laurel Springs, was seriously injured in the crash and flown to the hospital for his injuries, troopers said. His current condition is unknown.

The driver of the Ford, identified as Hunter Luther, 23, of Jefferson, was not harmed in the crash. The front seat passenger, Harley Marie Taylor, 22, of Jefferson, died from her injuries at the scene.

The rear seat passenger, Bentley Taylor, 3, was transported to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem with critical injuries, but died early Tuesday morning, troopers said.

Bentley was the child of Harley Taylor, and he was properly restrained in a car seat, according to troopers.

Neither the driver, Hunter Luther, nor the front seat passenger, Harley Taylor, was restrained by a seatbelt.

Charges are pending the ongoing investigation and consultation with the Ashe County District Attorney’s Office.

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