Around 8:45 p.m. on June 18, Ernest Fred Fisco, 49, drove a 2003 Jeep Wrangler into an embankment, causing the vehicle to flip several times, ejecting him onto the road, N.C. Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Boone said. The accident occurred on Highway 184 near Blue Ridge Village, near Sugar Mountain, according to Boone.
Fisco laid on the ground until he was taken by Wings Air Rescue to Johnson City Medical Center where he died of his injuries, according to Boone. Banner Elk Fire Department, Linville Central Rescue, N.C. Highway Patrol and Linville Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene according to Avery Communications.
Fisco, a resident of Charlotte, was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, according to the police report. Fisco has prior convictions of driving while intoxicated, according to Boone. At the time, Fisco was driving 55 mph, exceeding the speed limit. The vehicle belonged to Glenda Ramsey Yates, a resident of Banner Elk, according to the police report.