Two fatal car wrecks in same day

Published 10:19 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two separate fatal car accidents occurred in Polk County on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Both involved single drivers and only one vehicle.
Sgt. Troy Mundy of the N.C. Highway Patrol reported that at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 14, a single car wreck claimed the life of Anthony Hal Fisher, 56, of Lake Bowen, S.C.
Mundy said Fisher was driving along N.C. 9 traveling north about ½ mile from the South Carolina state line when he lost control of his car in a curve, ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.
Fisher was wearing a seat belt, Mundy said. He also said speed was a factor in the cause of the wreck.
Fisher, 56, had worked as an embalmer and licensed funeral director with McFarland Funeral Chapel since 1987.
Another single car wreck later Tuesday claimed the life of 29-year-old Derek Toney.
Mundy said Toney was traveling north along Bill Collins Road off Peniel Road near Columbus around 6 p.m. when he crossed the center line on a curve, over-corrected, ran off the right side of the road and overturned. Toney was driving a 1994 Honda SUV, according to highway patrol reports. Mundy said speed was not a factor in Toney’s wreck.
Toney was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the report.
Toney, who resided on Bill Collins Rd., grew up in Polk County and was employed with Renfrow Brothers in Spartanburg, S.C.
Services for Toney will be held Friday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbus.
Services for Fisher will be held today, Thursday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. in the McFarland Funeral Chapel with burial to be in Polk Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will receive friends prior to the service from noon to 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

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