The identity of the victim of a single car accident in the Flat Rock Community Monday has been released by local authorities. The driver of a 1995 Dodge minivan has been identified as Wilmer Stallings, 73, of 8435 New York Avenue, Orange Park Florida.
According to North Carolina State Trooper James Selba, Stallings was initially unresponsive when first responders arrived. Members of the Mount Airy Rescue Squad had to free the driver by cutting the door off of the van.
Stallings remains in critical but stable condition, according to Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton.
According to Selba, the emergency call for the accident was received at 10:04 a.m. Selba said the compact-sized van was traveling toward Mount Airy on N.C. 103/East Pine Street when it veered off the highway to the left in a right-hand curve of the roadway.
He explained the vehicle traveled off the roadway to the left, sideswiping a warning sign for the curve and then traveled a short distance and hit a tree head on. Units from the Four Way Volunteer Fire Department and Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department responded to the emergency.
Stallings was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Health from the scene which was near an open field. Selba said it does not appear speed was a factor in the accident and reports from another driver who witnessed the accident suggest an underlying medical condition may be responsible for the incident. No charges have been filed, and the accident is still under investigation.