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Banner Elk Man Killed in Early Morning Crash Along NC 194 in Valle Crucis; Accident Still Under Investigation

By Paul T. Choate

April 10, 2013. A Banner Elk man was killed in the early morning hours of Wednesday traveling south along N.C. 194 near Clarks Creek Road in Valle Crucis when his 2008 Ford pickup truck ran off the road to the right, struck an embankment and flipped several times.

William Francey, 25, was identified as the deceased at the scene, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Tim Hendrix. 

After flipping several times, the truck landed on its top in the middle of N.C. 194, Hendrix said, and the road was closed for much of the morning. 

The accident is still under investigation and Hendrix said it is not yet known whether drugs or alcohol had been used by the deceased prior to the accident.