UPDATE: Victim of snowplow wreck dies
Reinalda Roa Gomez, 57, of Winter Drive, Boone, died Thursday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, according to Hampton Funeral Service.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon.
Gomez was a passenger in a Mercury Mountaineer that was hit from the side on March 25 by a Town of Boone snowplow truck traveling down University Hall Drive, according to an accident report from the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The collision occurred around 7:40 p.m. as the Mercury was traveling north on Blowing Rock Road in the right outside lane. The snowplow driver, 51-year-old Robert Rominger of Zionville, told Trooper David Searcy that the truck's brakes malfunctioned, causing him to run the stop sign and collide with the vehicle, the report states.
The Mercury, driven by 26-year-old Liliana Arias of Boone, spun after the impact and stopped facing east in the southbound lane of U.S. 321. Emma Navarro, 18, of Boone, also was a passenger in the vehicle.
As of Monday, charges were pending, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
The town released the following statement Monday about the wreck:
"The Town of Boone would like to express our deepest regret for the accident that occurred the evening of Monday, March 25 on Blowing Rock Road involving a town vehicle," the statement read. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ms. Gomez due to the injuries sustained from the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved and their families during this difficult time. The event is under investigation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol as well as the town's insurance carrier, and the town is cooperating during this process to determine the cause of this tragic event."