The Transylvania Times -

By Matt McGregor
Staff Writer 

Rosman Highway Sees Second Fatal Accident Last Week – Brevard NC


January 16, 2017

The car driven by Mildred Norton. The pick-up truck driven by Thomas McCall. (Courtesy photos)

Thomas Corban McCall, 68, faces three charges after a fatal accident on the Rosman Highway Thursday that left 61-year-old Mildred Elizabeth Norton dead.

McCall has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, misdemeanor driving while impaired and a traffic infraction of traveling left of center, according to Trooper S.A. McFarland.

"Driving while impaired can include your mental and physical impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs," McFarland said.

McCall's blood work has been sent away to be analyzed.

The case is still under investigation, according to McFarland.

McCall's son, Ricky, said his father is a disabled Vietnam veteran who is on prescribed medication -nerve pills.

"Any time (McCall) drives his blood is going to test positive for medication," he said. "The doctor told my mom that he was convinced that a seizure had caused the accident."

According to the Highway Patrol, Norton died shortly after the 1999 Ford F-250 McCall was driving crossed the center-line about 1:15 p.m. near Sav-Mor and hit Norton's vehicle head-on.

McCall's pick-up truck was traveling west and Norton's SUV was traveling east.

McCall was airlifted to Mission Hospital. He had no life-threatening injuries.

Thursday's accident caused the Rosman Highway to be shut down for a couple of hours.

The accident also comes on the heels of another fatal accident on the Rosman Highway that occurred this past Tuesday afternoon at the intersection with Green Road.

In that accident, 76-year-old Dorothy Drake died after her vehicle hit a car in front of her that was stopped because of utility work.

The spot on the Rosman Highway near the Sav-Mor was the site of another fatality in December of 2012.

Jerry Morgan, 58, was riding a scooter along the highway when Scott McCombs, 39, driving a minivan left the Sav-Mor parking lot and pulled in front of Morgan's scooter.

The scooter struck the van, and Morgan subsequently died from his injuries. McCombs later pleaded guilty to a felony hit and run charge, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and having no operator's license.


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