In the last week, a four-month-old baby girl and an 82-year-old woman lost their lives due to traffic accidents. Last Sunday, Fia Barton Scheyer of Franklin was pronounced dead at Angel Medical Center after she was struck by another vehicle on U.S. 64. Scheyer, who had come to a stop, was struck by Abelardo Heredia shortly after noon on Sunday. A head-on collision which occurred on the Highlands Road Monday night claimed the life of four-month-old Lindsay Cardenas and sent two others to the hospital.
Reports show that Cardenas was traveling in a white sedan with her mother, Angelina Feria-Cruz on U.S. 64 near the intersection of Sugarfork Road when a white pick-up truck driven by Kenneth Wayne Pearce crossed the center line and struck the car head-on.
Pearce was transported to Mission Hospital, while Cardenas and Feria-Cruz were taken to Angel Medical Center.
Law enforcement officers spent nearly four hours clearing the scene forcing traffic to be rerouted to Sugarfork Road.
After the two incidents occurred, Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland took to his Facebook page to ask Macon County drivers to take caution when traveling the roads.
“On a weekly basis I receive complaints about the troopers, police officers, and my deputies writing speeding tickets. ‘I have never got one before until now’ they generally say. Well just like me ... you're lucky and you got by with it before now,” wrote Sheriff Holland. “It's not because these officers are wanting to be mean and see your insurance sky rocket ... It's because they are trying to slow people down and trying to save lives ... wanting to keep all our families safe, including their own families, and risking their own lives to do so. Last night a four-month-old baby girl died as a result of a head on collision on the Highlands Road. The second fatality in two days in our small county. Thank you to all the first responders and law enforcement officers (LEOs) that responded and all who responded to assist the families involved. This accident could have been prevented, and the LEOs of our county are going to continue to do our part to try to prevent the next one. Additional wrecks will happen, but don't let it be your fault, slow down and understand my response when you call to complain about my officer and your ticket. You would not have received the ticket if you had been doing the responsible thing.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved and a special prayer to the family of the four-month-old. I spent the evening at the wreck, and after thinking about that baby all night, I just felt that needed to be said. Thank you Cullasaja Fire and Rescue, EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office and North Carolina troopers for doing your best.”