Marion man killed Sunday morning in wreck on Stacy Hill Road

A young Marion man was killed Sunday morning in a head-on collision on Stacy Hill Road.

The fatal wreck happened at 10:44 a.m. Tyler Poole, 25, of Marion was driving northbound on Stacy Hill Road in a 1997 Geo. He crested the hill on the road traveling left of center. Coral Gurley, 32, also of Marion was traveling southbound on the road on her way to church. She was driving a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, according to First Sgt. Mark Cline of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

At the crest of the hill, the two vehicles hit head-on. Poole was pronounced dead at the scene while Gurley was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville with non-life threatening injuries. The fatal wreck resulted in Stacy Hill Road being closed to traffic until later Sunday afternoon.

Poole and Gurley were both alone in their vehicles.

Cline said he doesn’t expect alcohol to have been a factor in this wreck. However, the high speed was a factor and Poole was not wearing his seatbelt.

“It’s very unfortunate,” said Cline. “A young man lost his life.”

According to his Facebook page, Poole worked at Columbia Forest Products. Friends and family began posting about his death on Sunday.

“You were known by many and touched their lives,” wrote Holly Poole on Facebook. “Son life without you there are no words..We are struggling with the fact you are gone but are so blessed that we were chosen to be with you. You were taken during a time you were healing and growing. But right now we are grieving and processing, just pray for us and send your love. Know that we appreciate the thoughts and we know your love is there.”

This was the third wreck with fatalities in McDowell County within the past 10 days.

On the night of Friday, Jan. 31, Christopher Joseph Davis, 50, of Mars Hill was traveling south on U.S. 221 North near Baxter Healthcare. He ran off the road to the right, overcorrected and ran off the road to the left and struck a fence and then a tree. He was ejected from 2017 Ford van. There were no passengers in his vehicle. He also was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Cline said the Highway Patrol suspects that high speed and alcohol could have been a factor in this wreck.

On Thursday night, two men were killed in a head-on collision that happened along the U.S. 221 Bypass.

The double fatality occurred at 8:53 p.m. when Charles Bradfield, 73, of Newland was driving his 2017 Subaru northbound in the southbound lanes of the bypass. Sgt. J.E. Reid of the N.C. Highway Patrol said to The McDowell News that Bradfield somehow entered the bypass going in the wrong direction.

Bradfield’s vehicle, traveling northbound, struck a 2019 Honda driven by Andrew Crawford, 40, of Marion, who was traveling southbound. Bradfield hit Crawford head-on and both men were pronounced dead at the scene. They didn’t have any passengers. Crawford was the manager of the Verizon store in Marion, according to Reid.

Four people have already lost their lives in wrecks in McDowell County during 2020 and two of those people were not wearing seatbelts. Cline said people neglecting to buckle up is something that frustrates him and other troopers.

“We’re starting 2020 off on the wrong foot here,” said Cline.

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