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Authorities say Transylvania County deputy at fault in crash

Charges are likely to be filed against a Transylvania County deputy who was involved in a wreck Thursday night in Biltmore Village, authorities said Friday afternoon. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Charges are likely to be filed against a Transylvania County deputy who was involved in a wreck Thursday night in Biltmore Village, authorities said Friday afternoon.

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said Sgt. Trevor Queen was on his way to Mission Hospital to collect evidence connected to a dog attack when the crash happened about 11 p.m. at the intersection of Hendersonville Road and Lodge Street.

About 9:30 p.m., Transylvania County deputies responded to Pole Miller Extension about an unknown disturbance and dog attack. Two females suffered lacerations in the attack when the dog of one of the victims became startled. The victims were transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital before any information could be obtained, Mahoney said. Queen responded to Mission Hospital to identify the victims, collect statements and photographs and begin the investigation.

"Due to the severity of the injuries, Sgt. Queen was operating his blue lights and siren as he traveled to Mission Hospital. As he approached the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Lodge Street, Sgt. Queen had a red light in his direction of travel. Sgt. Queen, not seeing the approaching vehicle, proceeded through. A female driver was approaching the intersection on Lodge Street and did not hear the approaching siren. The two vehicles collided in the intersection. Both individuals received minor injuries as a result of the collision," Mahoney said.

"The Asheville Police Department investigated the accident and determined that Sgt. Queen was at fault. Although charges have not yet been filed, they are expected as a result of this investigation."

Mahoney said the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation to determine what, if any, policies may have been violated. That investigation is being conducted by the Professional Standards Division.

On Friday afternoon Mahoney told News 13 one of the dog attack victims had been treated and released from the hospital but the other victim had not been released.

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