UPDATE: Driver found dead below I-77 bridge that may have crashed days or weeks ago identified



The deceased driver in this collision has been identified as Jessica Kelly Lee, 41, of Sparta.  Lee had been considered a missing person by the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office as her whereabouts had not been known since July 13.  Investigators are still attempting to determine the exact date of the collision.


NEWTON – On Thursday, July 30, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Iredell County on I-77 North near the 56 mile-marker at the South Yadkin River. A passerby spotted an overturned vehicle in the median area at the bottom of a deep embankment. The initial investigation has revealed that a pickup truck was traveling north on I-77, ran off the left side of the roadway into the median, went over the embankment, and jumped the South Yadkin River before coming to rest upside-down in heavy brush. One person was found deceased inside the vehicle. Troopers believe the collision occurred several days or weeks ago. Investigators are working to determine the identity of the victim who may have been considered a missing person. The investigation is ongoing.