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Driver thrown from vehicle hit by motorist

Greenville County, S.C.

Travelers Rest

A driver was killed early Sunday, when he ran off the road, was thrown from the vehicle and hit by another motorist, the S.C. Highway Patrol said.

The second motorist left the scene, the patrol said.

The first driver was in a 2004 Toyota Camry northbound on U.S. 25, one mile north of Travelers Rest, when he lost control and crossed the median, overturning. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected into the southbound lanes. Another vehicle traveling south on U.S. 25 struck the driver. The victim's name has not been released.

Anyone with information on the second driver is asked to call the S.C. Highway Patrol at 864-241-1000.

Sarah Aarthun

Regional briefs

Buncombe County

Asheville

Stream flows in the French Broad River have reached their lowest levels since record-keeping began in 1895 and likely will continue to drop as the region's drought drags on.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Sunday that the river at Pearson Bridge in Asheville was flowing at a rate of 121 million gallons a day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

That rate falls well below the median stream flow of 781 million gallons a day for this time of year and below a previous low of 139 mgd measured in 2002.

“I've been working in river programs for 27 years, and I've never seen the river this low,” said Bill Eaker, environmental services manager for the Land-of-Sky Regional Council.

Low stream flows are hurting businesses in the region. Commercial rafting companies have cut trips and water systems have issued conservation measures as a lack of rain combined with groundwater systems that never recovered from last year's drought have caused low stream flows.

Nearly the whole region is listed by the state as being in an exceptional drought, the most severe classification. Asheville has received nearly 10 fewer inches of rain this year than normal.

At this rate, it would take about one and a half times normal rainfall between now and January to end the drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Associated Press

Police digest

Anson County

Anson County detectives are searching for a man wanted in a fatal shooting Saturday night.

Sergio Vidales Moreno, 33, is suspected of fatally shooting a man around 8:30 p.m. on Hopewell Church Road, according to the Anson County Sheriff's Office.

The victim's name was not available Sunday.

Anyone with information should contact the Anson County Sheriff's Office at 704-694-4188. Sarah Aarthun

Iredell County

Statesville

A Jonesville man faces charges in connection with a fatal collision Friday on N.C. 115 that left another person critically injured.

Rebecca Lester, 36, of Statesville died in the head-on collision shortly before 6p.m. Friday. Sandra Dunn, 64, also of Statesville, was in critical condition at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Roy Harker, 31, of Jonesville was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, possession of a revoked license and driving while license revoked.

Trooper Ryan Goodin of the N.C. Highway Patrol said that Harker and Dunn, both driving small pickup trucks Friday, were traveling north on N.C. 115 near Country Life Drive.

Goodin said Dunn's Nissan truck was in front, and she was either nearly stopped or slowing to stop when her pickup was rear-ended by Harker's.

The impact, Goodin said, sent Dunn's pickup across the center line, causing it to collide head-on with Lester's southbound Ford Mustang.

Goodin said the Highway Patrol's accident reconstruction unit will examine all three vehicles, in particular the tail lights on the Nissan truck. Harker told troopers the truck's tail lights weren't operating.

Associated Press

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