Police identify crash victims

By Thomas Wilson
star staff

  The driver of a vehicle involved in a grisly automobile accident in Elizabethton on Wednesday afternoon has died of his injuries one day after the accident claimed the life of his wife.
  Elizabethton Police Chief Roger Deal confirmed that Deford Bailey, 72, 12 Beans Creek Road, Bakersville, N.C. died on Thursday at the Johnson City Medical Center from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident on West Elk Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
  An Elizabethton Police Department report released Thursday afternoon confirmed Bailey's wife Betty Bailey, 66, died from her injuries at JCMC on Wednesday evening.
  According to a police report, the 1991 Subaru station wagon being driven by Deford Bailey was traveling east on East Elk Avenue. Bailey tried to make a left turn into the parking lot of the building formerly housing Kim's Country Kitchen when a 1995 Ford Explorer driven by Darren Denton, 3083 Siam Road, traveling west hit the Subaru on the front passenger side.
  Betty Bailey was ejected from the vehicle. The Carter County Rescue Squad transported her to the JCMC where she was later pronounced dead, according to police.
  Elizabethton Fire Department personnel initiated a rapid extrication procedure for Deford Bailey. He was transported to JCMC by the Rescue Squad.
  The Ford Explorer skidded off the roadway and struck a building housing Lou's Pawn Shop. Denton was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital. He was treated and released with no injuries according to police.
  The accident blocked traffic both ways along Broad Street and West Elk Avenue on Wednesday as public safety crews worked to clear the scene.
  The police department's Special Traffic Accident Reconstruction team responded to the accident. An investigation is continuing.