It was a tragic weekend on Surry County roadways, with two persons fatally injured in separate accidents — including a young man whose body was discovered Monday morning along Cook School Road after he went missing nearly a day.
In the other incident, a motorcyclist identified as Harry Wayne Bowman of Mount Airy died after an accident early Saturday on Toms Creek Church Road to which a passerby had responded and administered CPR after the rider appeared to go into cardiac arrest.
The two deaths bring to eight the number of traffic fatalities so far in 2017 for Surry County, which had seven during 2016 as a whole.
Wrecked pickup spotted
Joseph William Gibson, 21, of East Pine Street, Mount Airy, was identified as the victim in the wreck discovered Monday morning.
“He was missing from his family since 8:30 (a.m.) Sunday,” Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said.
Gibson was traveling alone in a Toyota pickup on Cook School Road headed toward Pilot Mountain when the accident occurred, for which an exact time has not been given.
The pickup went off the right side of the highway and down an embankment. “He was ejected from the vehicle,” Shelton said of the occupant.
And there it remained hidden for some time, until a passerby happened to spot the wreckage about 7:40 a.m. Monday.
“It was way off the road, in a curve,” added Shelton, who said the accident site also is a wooded area. “It was very well hidden — there was no wonder nobody found it until this (Monday) morning.”
There were no indications of alcohol of drugs as being factors in the accident.
The fatal motorcycle accident occurred early Saturday morning as Harry Wayne Bowman, whose age was given as 43, was operating what Shelton described as a Harley-type bike on Toms Creek Church Road.
Bowman was traveling alone in an area near Bailey’s Trailer Park and headed toward Holly Springs Church Road when the mishap occurred.
“Basically, he ran off the road and ran through a barbed-wire fence,” the EMS official said. “He was critical at the scene.”
Before paramedics arrived, a passerby, identified as a man name Myers whose first name was not known Monday, arrived.
The injured man appeared to be experiencing cardiac issues, leading Myers to intervene.
CPR was being performed on Bowman as EMS personnel arrived on the scene.
The victim was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, where he later died.
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