Wreck victim identified

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Staff report
A 55-year-old Statesville woman has been identified as the victim in a fatal wreck Friday afternoon on Jake Alexander Boulevard.
Tiny Watts Barber, of 106 Marcel Road, Statesville, died from head trauma sustained in the head-on collision at the intersection of Jake Alexander and Harrison Road, the N.C. Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.
Two others involved in the crash remained hospitalized Tuesday evening.
Investigators had requested an autopsy suspecting a medical condition may have contributed to the accident that claimed Barber’s life.
Trooper E.B. Perdue said Barber was heading south on Jake Alexander Boulevard, and witnesses said she was traveling about 65 to 70 mph when she hit the back of a truck driven by 47-year-old Steven Reeder of Salisbury.
Reeder’s Dodge pickup ran off the road to the right. Barber’s Chevrolet Impala shot across the road to the left, and into oncoming traffic, Perdue said.
Barber ran head-on into a Toyota sport-utility vehicle driven by James Beaver, 83, of Salisbury, with his wife, Vernice, 80, in the passenger seat. Both were taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center then transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
James Beaver was listed in serious condition and Vernice in fair condition Tuesday night.
Barber died on the way to the hospital after multiple CPR attempts by Rowan EMS.
Services for Barber will be held Thursday at Believer’s Faith Center, 336 Brookview Road, Statesville.