Breaking Update: I-77 wreck claims Mount Airy woman

By Keith Strange

May 28, 2014

Law enforcement officials are still trying to piece together what caused a wreck that started a chain reaction that ended with the death of a Mount Airy woman late Wednesday night.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Barker, troopers were alerted to a pedestrian fatality at 9:20 p.m.

The accident occurred in the southbound lane of Interstate 77 near the 94 mile marker.

Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said the incident began when Dorothy Jane Helen Brown, 48, of Grover Simpson Road, was traveling southbound on the interstate when her 2001 Jeep, veered off the roadway.

“She overturned, slid off the roadway and struck an embankment,” he said.

After wrecking, Barker said police believe she walked into the roadway.

“Then she gets out of the vehicle and walks into the path of an oncoming dump truck leaving a construction site,” he said.

The dump truck was owned by Carl Rose and Sons Paving and was operated by Scotty Wagoner, 45, of Wilkesboro, Barker reported.

Shelton said Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barker said troopers are still trying to determine the cause of the initial accident and why she would walk into traffic.

“I don’t know whether she was trying to flag down a passing motorist or what,” he said. “But we suspect alcohol may have been involved.”

No charges will be filed, Barker said.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.