Elk Park woman passes away after wreck in Vilas

Last Updated on May 6, 2023 10:42 am

Boone – On Monday, May 01, at approximately 1:20 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Watauga County on US 421 near Ward Greene Road. A 2011 Buick Enclave was traveling north on US 421, drove off the right side of the road, struck a boulder, overturned, and came to rest on the passenger side in a creek.

The driver of the Buick, Dena Lawrence Comer, 52, of Elk Park, was critically injured and transported by EMS to Watauga Medical Center in Boone, where she succumbed to her injuries on May 4.

The driver of the Buick was restrained by a seatbelt.  The preliminary investigation indicates impairment as a contributing circumstance in the collision.  During the on-scene investigation, the roadway was partially closed in the area for approximately one hour.     

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