By Richard Rourk
An early morning crash in the Limestone Cove community of Unicoi claimed the life of a North Carolina resident on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
Haley Calhoun, 15, of Newland, North Carolina, died in a single car accident that took place around 5:08 a.m. on Highway 107 near Limestone Cove Recreation Area.
According to a preliminary report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2004 Pontiac Grand AM was traveling east on State Highway 107, when it failed to negotiate a left-hand turn and left the right side of the roadway. The Grand AM struck a tree head on, the driver having never applied the brakes.
Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary report shows that Calhoun was the passenger in the Grand AM, which was driven by Damian Fuller, 18, of Jonas Ridge, North Carolina. Fuller was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.
Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley told The Erwin Record that as a parent, notifying parents of the death of a child in an accident is the hardest news to give to deliver.
“This is just devastating,” Hensley said. “My prayers go out to this family.”
According to the preliminary report, Calhoun was wearing her seatbelt, while Fuller was not wearing a seatbelt.
The accident had traffic backed up for several hours, while law enforcement worked the scene.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s investigation involving this accident is ongoing.
The Erwin Record will continue to follow this story and release additional details as they become available.