Newton wrecks leave 1 dead, 3 hurt

Multiple wrecks in Newton left one woman dead and three others injured Friday.

Marie P. Hewitt, of Newton, was killed in a two-car t-bone collision at the intersection of N.C. 16 and Burris Road Friday morning.

Hewitt was heading west on Burris Road and approached a stop sign at the intersection of N.C. 16.  After pulling away from the stop sign, Hewitt’s 1989 Ford Escort was struck on the right side by a 2010 Chrysler mini-van driven by Danny Mosteller, of Hildebran, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.

Hewitt was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Mosteller sustained “noticeable and recognizable injuries” in the wreck and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center. His injuries were not life threatening, Yarborough said.

“The collision was unavoidable and it happened so quick,” Yarborough said.

The investigation is continuing and no charge is pending at this time, he added.

321 wreck

Another wreck near the N.C. 10 exit on U.S. 321 sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon.

Police said a green Honda Ferio was driving behind a white Dodge car Wednesday afternoon in the left lanes heading south. After the green Ferio approached quickly from the rear, the white Dodge began moving to the right lane, said N.C. State Trooper R. Rudisill.

Rudisill said the Ferio then tried to pass the Dodge, drove off the road to the left, and overcorrected and hit the Dodge. The Ferio then jumped back to the left and ran off into the median, where it ran through wires dividing the north and southbound lanes.

The driver of the Dodge and passenger in the Ferio were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Rudisill said.