Man dies in Wallburg after collision with tree

Passenger unharmed in single-car accident
Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

A 24-year old man died in a single-car accident early Thursday morning after colliding with a tree in Wallburg.

Adam Ross Brasher of 1210 Meadowlands Drive was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2010 Volkswagen he was driving veered off the left shoulder of the road shortly after 1 a.m. His vehicle was traveling south on Johnson Road, approximately a 10th of a mile north of Jesse Green Road.

According to Pam Kearns, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Highway Patrol, one passenger was in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Andrew Cratchfield, 19, of Winston-Salem was unharmed.

"Basher was not wearing a seatbelt, but was not ejected," said Kearns. "Cratchfield was wearing a seatbelt. The passenger was not hurt."

Kearns said drugs and alcohol were not a factor, but excessive speed contributed to the accident. The posted speed limit on Johnson Road in that area is 45. According to Kearns, the original travel speed of the vehicle — which was moving southbound — was estimated at 80 miles per hour, 75 mph on impact.

When asked if Cratchfield's seatbelt saved his life, Kearns allowed "it probably had something to do with it."

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