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Man unable to walk following China Grove car accident

A man is in intensive care after being involved in an accident on U.S. Highway 29 in China Grove on Thursday.

Donnie Frye of Salisbury has been in intensive care since the car accident and has a broken leg, according to his daughter Jamie Smithman.

Frye was trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut out of the car by emergency personnel. He suffered a number of injuries and has required surgery following the accident, Smithman said.

The red 1971 El Camino driven by Frye was totaled in the accident, Smithman said. It belonged to his brother, who died a few years ago.

Smithman said she was told by doctors that her father may be unable to walk for more than eight weeks because of his injuries.

When the accident occurred, Frye was traveling northbound on U.S. 29. A silver Hyundai that was carrying a woman and two young children was traveling across U.S. 29, on Liberty Street, when the accident occurred, according to Eileen Hanson-Kelley, who witnessed the accident. An article published in the print edition of Friday’s Post was incorrect.

Hanson-Kelly, who also talked to police about what she witnessed, said the silver Hyundai pulled out onto U.S. Highway 29 and appeared to be turning left from Liberty Street. The El Camino hit the passenger side of the vehicle, she said. The Hyundai had a Connecticut license plate and was being driven by Salisbury resident Krishna Helle, according to police.

The two children suffered facial injuries, according to police.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

 

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