Salisbury man injured when car hits tree

  • Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 12:23 a.m.

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was in critical condition Sunday night after receiving two blows to the head in a Saturday wreck on Miller Chapel Road.

Jose Avelino Mejia Pacheco, 34, of Airport Road, was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center late Saturday night with head injuries.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Pacheco’s Jeep Grand Cherokee veered left of center on Miller Chapel Road near Airport Road and hit a tree.

It’s not clear why the accident happened, said Trooper C. F. Rogers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol. The road was fairly straight, and there was no indication that Pacheco had run off the road to the right and overcorrected.

Pacheco wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and when he struck the tree, he was thrown forward and collided with the windshield. Rogers said the Jeep’s spare tire, which was not properly secured, flew forward and struck Pacheco in the head as he moved backward after the impact.

Rogers said first responders found Pacheco leaning forward with the spare tire resting against the back of his head. He was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be freed by emergency crews.

There were no other passengers in the vehicle, he said, contrary to early reports that three people were involved.

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