Landis Attorney Rick Locklear injured in morning crash

Published 4:49 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

UPDATE: Locklear is currently in the intensive care unit at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital with seven broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and fractured vertabrae, according to Landis Town Manager Reed Linn. Linn said there is no paralysis and Locklear is in stable condition.

SALISBURY — Landis Attorney Rick Locklear was injured Thursday morning during a three-vehicle collision after a woman ran a stop light, police said.

Salisbury Police Officer Karl Boehm said the collision occurred around 9:11 a.m. at the intersection of East Innes and South Long streets. Locklear was traveling on Innes Street toward town, when he was hit by a pickup.

Boehm said witnesses told him the driver of the pickup, 23-year-old Casey Watson, ran through the red light as North Long Street becomes South Long Street. The pickup hit on the driver’s side of Locklear’s vehicle causing him to spin and strike another vehicle on North Long Street.

Locklear’s vehicle came to rest on North Long Street, Boehm said.

The officer said Locklear received mild injuries. It is not clear if Locklear was treated at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Watson, her boyfriend and her 1-year-old son received minor injuries and were taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. It’s believed that Watson and her boyfriend, Travis Michael Hall, 29, were on their way to court. Locklear was also on his way to court. Locklear is listed as Hall’s attorney.

Watson was issued a citation for running a stop light.