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Driver involved in Saturday night wreck in stable condition

By Mark Wineka

Salisbury Post

The driver who apparently caused a chain-reaction wreck Saturday night on Statesville Boulevard was listed in stable condition Sunday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Salisbury Police Sgt. K.C. Wilborn identified the driver as Kim R. McKinnon of Boiling Springs, S.C.

Wilborn said charges are pending against McKinnon, but investigators are waiting for additional information from the hospital. He did not have an age on the injured woman.

Wilborn said McKinnon’s injuries were “nothing life-threatening.” The Saturday night wreck pinned McKinnon in her 1995 Oldsmobile, and sent three others to the hospital.

Firefighters had to peel off the roof and cut away other parts of McKinnon’s car to free her from the vehicle. She was airlifted by helicopter from the Hefner VA Medical Center to the Charlotte hospital.

No one else was in McKinnon’s car.

Other vehicles involved included a Dodge Ram pickup, a Chrysler Sebring and a GMC Yukon.

Witnesses said McKinnon’s westbound Oldsmobile sideswiped the eastbound pickup near Enon Church Road about 8 p.m. Saturday.

The truck, driven by Jamie Sides, then hit a concrete barrier in the U.S. 70 construction zone, crossed the road and hit the Chrysler Sebring nearly head on. The impact was hard enough to knock the drive shaft out of the truck.

Sides received treatment for broken ribs at Rowan Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the Chrysler, Ricky Sadler II of Maiden, sustained minor injuries and also was treated at Rowan Regional.

Meanwhile, the Oldsmobile went out of control after the initial contact with the pickup and crossed into the eastbound lane, hitting the Yukon driven by Salisbury attorney David Bingham.

Bingham’s mother, Ann, was taken to Rowan Regional with bruises from where the seat belt caught her.

Bingham hurt an ankle and wrist.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263, or mwineka @salisburypost.com.

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