Hampton man dies in auto accident

By Thomas Wilson

   A Hampton man was killed and an Elizabethton man was injured in a single-vehicle accident in Roan Mountain Friday night.
   A Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher confirmed that Kenneth Wayne Bailey, 26, 145 D. Elliott Road, Hampton, was killed Friday night when the vehicle he was driving struck a concrete culvert off U.S. Highway 19-E in the Roan Mountain area. A passenger with Bailey identified as Lloyd Dugger, 28, of Elizabethton, was ejected from the vehicle.
   According to the incident report of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Bailey was driving southbound on Highway 19-E in Roan Mountain when he lost control of his Mitsubishi and went off the left side of the highway. The vehicle then struck a concrete culvert and overturned, according to THP. The Carter County Rescue Squad responded to the scene. Dugger's condition was not immediately known.
   The accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday. The THP report stated neither Bailey nor Dugger were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred. Bailey was reportedly under the influence of intoxicants when the accident occurred, according to THP. The investigation indicated seat belts could have made a difference in the accident, according to the report.
   Friday night's incident marks the third automobile accident involving a fatality to occur in the county within the past 30 days.
   On Dec. 28, Donald R. Whitehead of Elizabethton died in a single-vehicle accident on Creekbank Road in the Stoney Creek area when the vehicle he was driving skidded off the road, struck a tree and overturned onto the driver's side.
   Sixteen-year-old Bridget Singleton of Roan Mountain was killed instantly when her car crossed the center line of Highway 19-E in Roan Mountain and struck another vehicle on the morning of Jan. 16. A junior at Hampton High School, Singleton was on her way to school when the accident occurred.
   A single-car accident on State Route 400 shortly before 6 p.m. Friday evening also left one man injured, according to Tennessee State Trooper Jerry Proffitt. Carter County Rescue Squad personnel transported the subject, whose identity was not immediately available, to Sycamore Shoals Hospital after his car struck an embankment and overturned.