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Originally published: 2014-05-21 08:21:55
Last modified: 2014-05-21 08:28:26

Motorcyclist killed Tuesday evening

A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday evening after a vehicle in the other lane apparently swerved into the path of four motorcyclists traveling together in the Cove Creek section of Watauga County.

Another motorcyclist was airlifted with injuries and three others involved in the accident were taken to the Watauga Medical Center following the 6:20 p.m. crash on U.S. 321, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

A 2003 Audi driven by Jennifer Willis went left of center as she traveled toward Boone and struck the motorcyclists, according to the patrol.

The investigating trooper said the motorcyclists were on a trip from Virginia to Florida.

Killed was Alfredo Madrid, 50, of Miami, Fla.

The motorcyclist who was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee by WINGS Air Rescue spoke with the patrol about the crash and told the NCHP that the other motorcyclists included a husband and wife who were riding in tandem.

The driver of the Audi was also taken to Watauga Medical Center.

Willis has been charged with driving while impaired, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Following treatment, she is expected to be taken into custody, with other charges pending.

According to Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman, the patrol and the Boone Police Department crash reconstruction teams worked the crash site and that the drivable cycles involved are now stored at the Watauga Sheriff's Office by patrol division deputies and sheriff's detectives.

In addition, a local Christian Motorcycle Ministry is providing lodging and sustenance relief to the injured now released from Watauga Medical Center, according to Hagaman.

The Christian Motorcycle Ministry and Watauga Medical Center chaplains are providing spiritual and trauma comfort relief, with Watauga Medical Center staff providing chapel space, rider triage and rider personal effects security, according to Hagaman.

"Truly, a great coordination of efforts in this tragedy," Hagaman said.

The accident closed the section of road for four hours.