'Somebody could have been killed'

Dr. Ross Nash was heading home to Charlotte after the Mrs. North Carolina Pageant in Newton when disaster hit him almost head-on.

As he drove west on N.C. 10, an oncoming car ran onto the shoulder of the road, before over-correcting and skidding into his lane of travel.

"All I knew was I saw her go right and then left and spun right in front of me," Nash said. "It was like I was watching it in slow motion. She ended up across the road. I didn't have time to put on my brakes, and I hit her full force. ... I didn't have any way I could not have the accident. I was able to see what was happening, but I couldn't do anything to avoid it."

The car that Nash hit was operated by Jennifer Wyatt, and according to police reports she was drunk at the time of the wreck, about 9:45 p.m. on June 2. Wyatt has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

"The policeman told me she was very drunk. I felt sorry for her," Nash said. "Nobody wants to have a wreck like this. She was obviously at fault. I was totally sober."

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.