Woman dies in crash on I-77

Staff Report

DOBSON — A Mount Airy woman died Friday after a two-car wreck on I-77.

Frankie Worrell, 51, of Sunset Drive, was pronounced dead at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at about 5:45 p.m. Friday evening, according to EMS Director John Shelton.

Shelton said his department and the highway patrol responded to a call at 3:53 p.m. Shelton said it appeared Worrell’s vehicle had swerved into another lane as she traveled south on I-77 between miles 91 and 92.

When Worrell’s vehicle swerved, the EMS director surmised, it was hit by another vehicle in the left side near the driver’s door. He said both vehicles ended up leaving the road and came to rest in the median.

Worrell was first treated at the scene prior to Surry County EMS transporting her by ground to Wake, where she died. There were no injuries to the driver of the other vehicle.

Shelton said he could not say whether Worrell was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. However, he said it is standard procedure to draw blood for testing in such instances.

Worrell was twice convicted of driving while impaired in 1995, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.

Trooper Patrick Ellis, the Highway Patrol’s investigating officer, could not be reached for comment.

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