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Victim in Asheville hit-and-run speaks out

Ephram Byerly speaks with News 13 on Tuesday, a day after he was involved in a hit and run wreck near Tunnel Road and New Haw Creek Road. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The man injured in a hit and run in East Asheville says he’s grateful to be alive.

Ephram Byerly said he was almost home when a man came out of nowhere and struck his vehicle near Tunnel Road and New Haw Creek Road.

“I had the yellow turn signal, you know. Everything was ok, so I turned. The next thing I know, I wake up and my car's smoking, glass busted, head really, really swimming," Byerly recalled. "Just a little further up, man, we wouldn't be talking."

According to the accident report, the impact caused Byerly’s car to spin before coming to a stop while the other car rolled over before coming to a rest at the woodline on the side of US 70.

“I'm really grateful to be alive right now,” Byerly said. His only injury was a scar on the side of his head.

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Police say Corey Miller, 23, caused the wreck after he was involved in a domestic disturbance on the off ramp of I-240.

According to the Asheville Police Department, the Buncombe County deputies were on the scene investigating the disturbance when they saw Miller speed away, crashing into Byerly.

After the wreck, they say he took off and broke into a woman’s vehicle in the 100 block of New Haw Creek Road.

They say he also assaulted the woman before taking off again.

“I didn't know about that. It's a crazy place man. Can't really explain (expletive) like that,” Byerly said.

As for neighbors in the area, Ryan O’Sullivan says seeing all the police activity is something he doesn’t see in his neighborhood.

“I don't think anyone likes to come home to flashing lights, you know. Even for folks like us who don't have rap sheets, we don't actively go out and commit crimes," O'Sullivan said. "In the world, as it is today, flashing lights tend to shoot your adrenaline up."

At the same time, he says he feels bad for all of the people involved.

"We're all humans and bad things happen. Difficult times happen, and we all handle them differently," O'Sullivan added. "Some people handle them really well. Some people, like that guy, handled it really poorly. I just feel more sadness for that, that it's happening."

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