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Jonathan Brad Markland died on Tuesday, Oct. 30, when he lost control of his vehicle,
landing upside down in this creek leading into Banner Elk’s historic Mill Pond.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-11-08 12:10:20
Last modified: 2012-11-08 12:10:20

Police attribute Markland death to icy conditions

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Banner Elk Police Chief Bill Burleson confirmed that the 8 a.m. accident that killed Jonathan Brad Markland, 37, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, was caused by icy road conditions. 

Burleson said that a witness driving behind Markland stated that he simply lost control on the slippery road.

“He simply just lost control of the vehicle. According to our witness, his truck just started sliding and he couldn’t get it under control,” said Burleson. “There were no signs of excessive speed.” 

According to Burleson, the witness reported that Markland was driving no more than 25 to 30 mph at the time of the accident. 

Local wreckers helped emergency personnel gain access to Markland, who was trapped when his truck landed upside down in the water. Emergency personnel removed Markland from the water and transported him to Cannon Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While Banner Elk Police Department is still waiting on official autopsy reports, Burleson said that the preliminary evaluation suggests that Markland sustained a head injury during the crash, causing him to lose consciousness before landing in the water near the historic Mill Pond in Banner Elk.

“They thought he had been knocked unconscious during the wreck and took on water into his lungs,” said Burleson. 

Funeral services for Markland, a Carter County native, took place last Saturday, Nov. 3, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Elizabethton, Tenn