Two killed in car wrecks identified

Staff report

January 28, 2014

The N.C. Highway Patrol has released the identities of two people killed earlier today in two separate weather-related car accidents.

Joyce M. McDaniel, 37, of Meadows of Dan, was a passenger in a minivan when the automobile was involved in a crash on Riverside Drive in Mount Airy, and was killed when the van crossed the center line and collided with a pick-up truck. The accident occurred at 1:16 p.m.

In a separate wreck eight minutes later on Poplar Springs Road near Elkin, Jean S. Conley, 68, of Elkin, was killed when the pick-up in which she was a passenger left the highway, slid down an embankment and struck a tree.

In the first wreck, in Mount Airy, McDaniel was riding in a 2006 Dodge minivan driven by Jamie C. Sutton, 37, also of Meadows of Dan. According to the Highway Patrol, the vehicle went out of control in a curve and crossed the center line. McDaniel was in the right front passenger seat in Sutton’s vehicle when the van collided with a 1991 Toyota pick-up truck driven by Robert J. Woodson, 32, of Mount Airy.

The Highway Patrol said weather was a contributing factor in the crash, and said alcohol was not involved. The case is still under investigation.

In the second wreck, Angela C. Blackburn, of Elkin, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, traveling south on Poplar Spring Road, when the truck went out of control on the ice and snow-covered road and traveled onto the shoulder. The vehicle slid down an embankment, struck a tree and killed Conley. Based on a preliminary investigation, it was determined that the passenger was not wearing a seat belt, and weather was the contributing factor for the collision. Alcohol was not involved, and the investigation is continuing.

Additional information on the condition of the other individuals involved in the wrecks was not immediately available.