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Crash victims remain in ICU following head-on collision

Two Erwin women remain in intensive care at the Johnson City Medical Center following a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
According to the traffic crash report filed by Lt. Patrick Bennett of the Erwin Police Department, the crash occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Love Street in Erwin near the intersection of Love Street and Elm Avenue.
According to the report, Elisha K. Dean, 31, of 842 Short Street in Erwin, the driver of a 2003 Mazda utility station wagon, was traveling west on Love Street, toward Elm Avenue.
Dean “was traveling at a high rate of speed and began passing other vehicles on double yellow,” according to the narrative Bennett wrote in the report. Dean “continued traveling westbound in the eastbound lane and struck” the 2004 Mercury sport-utility vehicle driven by Ruth Haun, 57, 135 Pine Oak Road, Erwin “head on,” according to the report.
The report also states that Dean “made no attempt to brake or maneuver to avoid collision” with Haun’s vehicle.
“Both drivers were seriously injured and were transported by air to the Johnson City Medical Center,” Bennett also stated in his narrative.
Love Street, from Elm Avenue to Willow Street, was closed to traffic for more than an hour following the crash.
Why Dean was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and passing on the double yellow is currently unknown, Police Chief Regan Tilson said Monday.
“We are waiting on evidence that is still being processed from the wreck,” Tilson said. “We haven’t interviewed (Dean) because of the extent of her injuries.”
Erwin Police, Erwin Fire Department, Southside Fire Department and MedicOne Ambulance Service all responded to the scene.
A Johnson City Medical Center representative said Monday that Dean and Haun remain in intensive care at the hospital.
Haun’s mother, Nancy Hensley, told The Erwin Record on Monday that because of her daughter’s rare blood type, donations of AB negative, A negative, B negative and O negative are greatly needed. Haun’s daughter, Beth Haun, has reached out to friends on Facebook, asking individuals with those blood types to donate.
According to information Beth shared on Facebook, to donate blood for her mother, visit MARSH Donor Center, 1 Professional Park Boulevard, Suite 14, located across from JCMC. Be sure to tell the staff that you are there to donate for Ruth Marie Haun. MARSH Donor Center can be reached by calling 979-0573.
“My dad and I cannot give her blood because we are not her type,” Beth wrote on her Facebook page. “… My mom is fighting her best to live and I would be forever grateful if you can help donate.”
The EPD investigation into the crash is ongoing and according to Bennett’s report, “charges are pending.”