A major two-vehicle accident on N.C. Highway 12 in south Avon was reported late Friday morning, January 12.
Traffic on N.C. Highway 12 was stopped on both
sides of Ace Hardware and the Food Lion shopping plaza in Avon from
approximately 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., when traffic slowly resumed in
The accident involved a Dare
County sanitation truck and a white utility van. The Dare County Sheriff’s
Office, local fire departments, and Dare County EMTs responded to the accident.
The driver of the utility van, 45-year-old Juan Carlos Pajares-Fernandez, passed away after being flown
via US Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in
Virginia. The driver of the Dare County sanitation
truck was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital and later released. He was charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle.