Hit-n-run results in death
By Clint Parker
Woodfin - A 41-year-old Yancey County woman is under arrest for the fatal hit-and-run of a Woodfin resident on Thursday evening, Feb. 9, on Weaverville Highway in Woodfin.
According to a press release, on Monday, Feb. 13, warrants were obtained for Fonda Jane Adkins of Burnsville for the hit and run of Stevie Banks, 59, of 245 Weaverville Hwy, who died in the incident. The warrants issued were for Adkins include felony hit and run, and driving with a revoked license.
According to the press release, on Friday (Feb. 10) officers of the Woodfin Police Department spoke with an additional witness whom they were able to locate after news media posted an update to the story, and that law enforcement were looking for the witness’ vehicle.
On Saturday, Feb. 11, officers of the Woodfin Police Department received a call from the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies of the Yancey County Sheriff’s office had received a call from an individual who believed that a family member was the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident.
Woodfin Police followed up on the lead which eventually resulted in the warrants being issued for felony hit and run, and driving with a revoked license.
Thursday night the scene was grim along Weaverville Highway when police and emergency workers arrived on the scene at around 8:45 p.m.
“The only thing we check were for signs of life, but there were none,” said Chief Jeff Angel of the Woodfin Fire Department, who’s department responded to the scene of the hit and run.
Chief Angel said that his department had about eight personnel on the scene to provide lighting and traffic control while Woodfin Police conducted their investigation. Woodfin Fire personnel also assisted Buncombe EMS in removing Banks’ body.
According to Chief Angel his department responded to the call around 8:49 pm and did not clear the scene until 3 a.m.