Female passes away, hubby hurt in Blue Ridge Parkway bike crash, 2 days prior to anniversary – Resident Times

27July 2020

Loretta Stevenson, the “strong one” in the family as a wife, mom of 3 and the oldest of 9 brother or sisters, passed away in a weekend single-vehicle motorbike crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to her child, Krista, Loretta Stevenson, of Glen St. Mary, Florida

, was 66, and passed away 2 days before her 46th wedding event anniversary with other half, Edward Stevenson, 65, who was driving the motorbike. A National Park Service news release stated that at 2:16 p.m. July 24, Blue Ridge Parkway rangers and regional fire and rescue reacted to a severe bike crash near Milepost 325 on the parkway. This has to do with 60 miles north of Asheville, and 30 miles north of Mount Mitchell State Park, in McDowell County.

Loretta Stevenson, 66, of Florida, seen here July 24 just before she was killed in a single vehicle motorcycle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

At the scene, first responders discovered Loretta Stevenson dead. She was a guest on the bike driven by Edward Stevenson, who was discovered hurt,

according to the press release.” The operator of the motorbike lost control and the bike fell to its side ejecting both operator and guest of the bike,”said parkway spokesperson Caitlin Worth. The Stevensons had actually been taking a trip northbound in an area of the parkway with a published speed limitation of 45 mph, Worth stated, adding that extreme speed was not a factor in the mishap

. Associated: Blue Ridge Parkway accident July 19 leaves Virginia guy dead Edward Stevenson was transferred to Objective Health center in Asheville for assessment and released after a couple of hours. Krista Stevenson stated her dad suffered a damaged clavicle, swollen left shoulder and best knee, and a hernia. On July 28 he told the Resident Times he and his partner had been married almost 46 years and have three

kids -Robert, Larry and Krista. Just starting retirement together Krista

said her daddy had actually ridden motorcycles mots

of his life, but her mother took pleasure in just being a traveler, and had begun taking motorbike journeys with her spouse a few years ago. She stated her dad had just retired after 37 years as a truck driver.”He had a clean record. He’s an excellent motorist.

The park ranger stated it was just a freak mishap because they could not figure out what it was,” Krista said. She stated her daddy for a short while blacked out after the crash, and

when he pertained to, he saw his wife lying in the roadway, bleeding.< img class =" gnt_em_img_i "data-g-r ="lazy"data-gl-src=

Edward and Loretta Stevenson, of Glen St. Mary, Florida, seen here at Easter. Loretta died in a motorcycle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway two days before the couple's 46th wedding anniversary.

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close-by states like Georgia and South Carolina. They were on the parkway for a field trip after having checked out good friends in Tennessee.

Loretta had worked in medical workplaces and as a kindergarten instructor and loved to offer with children’s programs, Krista said.

Putting the pieces together will be challenging for the family, especially Edward, who constantly relied on Loretta to be the calm, strong, constant one in times of crisis, Krista stated. Loretta had actually been in treatment for colon cancer at the time of her death and because of that, life insurance was too costly for her to purchase.

The family has started a fundraising event to assist with funeral expenses.” She was so good at serving the family. She was a strong woman and in time of catastrophe, she would be the one to ensure everyone was

A motorcycle cruises the Blue Ridge Parkway last year in the Devils Courthouse area.

looked after in the past,”Krista stated. The parkway in this location was closed for about two hours. The examination is continuous, Worth stated, but there are no charges pending.

The parkway runs 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia south the Cherokee, passing straight through Asheville. It is the 2nd most visited system in the National Park Service, with 15 million visitors in 2019.


Bicyclist hit and eliminated by vehicle on Brevard Roadway This is the eighth death on the parkway this year, Worth stated. There were 17 casualties on the parkway in 2019, including those arising from medical events, falls, suicides and automobile mishaps.

Related: Will parkway’s, Smokies’ $ 2.8 billion impact last through COVID-19? Karen Chávez is has actually been covering outdoors and environment problems for the Asheville Citizen Times and U.S.A. TODAY Network for more than twenty years. She is the author of “Finest Walkings with Dogs: North Carolina,” and is a former National Park Service ranger.

Reach me: KChavez@CitizenTimes.com or on Twitter

@KarenChavezACT Learn more outdoors news: www.citizen-times.com/outdoors!.?.!Source: citizen-times. com

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