Parkway officials identify 30-year-old Asheville motorcyclist killed in crash

The scene of a fatal wreck along the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Tanbark Ridge Parking Overlook, on Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Blue Ridge Parkway officials have identified the woman killed in a multi-vehicle wreck on Sunday.

Shaela Lee Christner of Asheville, 30, died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision on the parkway.

No others were injured.

Rangers responded to the multi-vehicle collision near Tanbark Ridge Parking Overlook at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

According to witnesses at the scene, a southbound vehicle was making a left turn into the overlook when Christner's motorcycle, traveling northbound, struck the turning vehicle, as well as a second motorcycle that was stopped behind the turning vehicle.

Parkway officials say the investigation is ongoing and a full reconstruction of the crash scene will be completed.

Johanna Gutierrez, a clinical lead nurse from Charlotte, says she tried to help the crash victim.

Gutierrez said she was in the traffic behind the wreck and jumped out of her car to assist the victim. She tried to perform CPR on Christner while waiting for EMS to arrive.

“It was very traumatic for everyone there,” Gutierrez said, adding that she was praying for the family. “Oh man, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish we would have been able to help her. I wish it was a different outcome.”

Blue Ridge Parkway Chief Ranger Neal Laurie said factors that make the Parkway difficult for drivers are changes in weather because of increased elevation, limited sight distance because of curves and hills, and falling leaves and ice on the road.

So far this year, there have been seven deaths on the Parkway, compared to 14 last year.

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