Salisbury woman remains in hospital a week after Bringle Ferry Road motorcycle crash

Published 7:40 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman remains in the hospital a week after she was thrown from a motorcycle on which she was a passenger in a two-vehicle collision in front of Lake Community Church on Bringle Ferry Road.

Deedra Benfield Blevins remains hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord. According to a post on a fundraising web page, Blevins has a broken back, arm, ribs and sternum and severe road rash as well as bruising.

The collision occurred Feb. 21.

According to an N.C. Highway Patrol report, a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Andrea Nicole Baker of Quail Meadow Lane was traveling east on Bringle Ferry Road. She began to make a left turn into the parking lot of Lake Community Church.

Trooper J.P. Page said she failed to yield to the motorcycle, which was traveling west on Bringle Ferry Road. The motorcycle was driven by Blevins’ husband, Gerald Walter Blevins Jr. of Gwynn Street. Gerald Blevins has injuries that include fractures to his neck, wrist and femur, internal bleeding, and a loss of feeling in one of his legs.

According to the fundraising page, Gerald Blevins potentially has multiple surgeries ahead of him. He was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Deedra Blevins was taken by ambulance to the Concord hospital. A report said the Blevinses were wearing proper helmets. Trooper Page said Baker was not injured.

Traffic was backed up on Bringle Ferry Road for more than an hour while the Highway Patrol investigated the wreck.

Baker was icited for unsafe movement causing injury to a motorcycle operator.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.