• Troopers: 1 killed when car collides with 4 motorcycles

    By: Jenna Deery


    WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. - North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after one person died and others were injured Tuesday night in a wreck.

    Officials said a driver went left of center on U.S. 321 North in Cove Creek and collided head-on with four motorcycles.

    Alfredo Madrid, 50, of Miami, Fla. was killed. Two other riders were treated and released from a Watauga hospital.

    A fourth was airlifted to Johnson City.

    Jennifer Willis, 35, was driving a red Audi when she went left of center in a curve, troopers said.
    At least a dozen bikes were in the pack taking a scenic trip from Virginia to home in Florida.

    Willis was charged with DWI, though officials said they are not sure if alcohol was a factor. She is being held on a $500,000 bond.
    While troopers were out Wednesday investigating the crash, Keith Honeycutt was coordinating travel plans for the survivors whose trip came to a sudden, tragic end.
    Last night, Honeycutt with the Christian Motorcycle Association's Boone Chapter got a call, saying he needed to be at Watauga Medical Center.
    “We just basically went into a situation where these folks had no friends at all. They didn't know anything about Boone, North Carolina, or Watauga County and they needed some help,” Honeycutt said.
    Debris from the crash litters the side of the road.
    Two of the bikes of the injured sit at a Boone body shop while the car involved sits under a tarp while investigators and those involved search for answers.
    Channel 9 was told Willis was not sober when the crash happened.

    She is facing a charge of driving while impaired.  More charges could be on the way for Willis.
    Honeycutt helped the survivors with a place to stay.
    He's also helping them get home, hoping they'll remember the hospitality when they think about Boone, not the tragedy.

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