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NCDOT reviews crash data on I-26 after crash of Asheville woman

ByDenise T. Tatum

Nov 25, 2022

ASHEVILLE — Following Citizen Times’ Nov. 15 reporting of Jennifer Pharr Davis crashing into a bear on I-26, totaling her car, and her subsequent petition to add wildlife lanes to the area, the North Department of Transportation has announced Carolina confirms this Take a fresh look at the wildlife accident data in the track where she crashed.

“In light of recent events, engineers will be re-evaluating the accident data on I-26 between the French Broad River and the Blue Ridge Parkway over the coming weeks to determine if any changes need to be made,” NCDOT spokesman David Uchiyama said in a statement Email to Nov 17

Ahead of Citizen Times’ Oct. 26 coverage of the Davis crash, Uchiyama said NCDOT engineers had already reviewed crash data for the area from 2009 to 2012 and decided that wildlife passages would not significantly reduce collision frequency. He said no further information is available at this time, but Davis and local wildlife experts say it’s an encouraging development.

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Jennifer Pharr Davis

“DOT has been extremely receptive to hearing about my experiences and trying to find more data along this corridor and see if that warrants any adjustments to the I-26 plan,” Davis said.

Davis said she reached out to State Rep. Chuck McGrady, a member of the state Department of Transportation, about her concerns. According to Davis, McGrady took her situation to the rest of the board and she has been in touch with local NCDOT officials ever since.