ASU student killed in multi-car accident


The Appalachian Online

Gerrit Van Genderen

The Boone Police Department has confirmed with Appalachian State University that a student was killed in a multi-car accident Thursday night said Boone Police Capt. Andy LeBeau.

The accident occurred near the Ingles supermarket and the Ross auto dealership on N.C. 105 when a vehicle crossed over the centerline and crashed into the student’s vehicle head-on.

LeBeau said alcohol or drugs are not suspected at this point in the investigation but blood tests are being completed in order to confirm.

LeBeau said the police department has contacted the student’s family and will be releasing the names of the deceased and the driver of the other vehicle within the next hour.

The Appalachian will continue to update this story as further information is released.

UPDATE: 1:36 p.m. 

According to a press release from the Boone Police Department, Appalachian State University student Jacob Dylan Whitaker, 21 years-of-age, of Wake Forest was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 7:35 p.m. Thursday night.

The release also stated that the driver of the second vehicle, Jonathan Dylan Reeder, 21 years-of-age, of Sherrills Ford, refused medical treatment. There were no other passengers in either vehicle.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

STORY: Gerrit Van Genderen, Managing Editor