Polk man charged with felony death by vehicle

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Donny Ruff indicted after fatal Lake Lure wreck

LAKE LURE — A Sunny View man was recently charged with aggravated felony death by vehicle after a head-on crash that took the life of a Lake Lure man in March.

Donny Tray Ruff, 2662 Grassy Knob Road, was charged last week for allegedly striking Joseph McDaniel Sr., 87, of Lake Lure. 

Donny Tray Ruff

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The crash occurred on March 21, with McDaniel dying at the scene and Ruff transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.  Ruff was later released.

Ruff was driving a 1998 Dodge truck, and McDaniel was driving a 1985 truck.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported the head-on collision occurred on U.S. 64/74 towards Rutherfordton.

“Vehicle 1 was traveling west on U.S. 64,” said Trooper J.K. Henderson. “Vehicle 2 was traveling eat on U.S. 63. Vehicle 1 crossed the center line and struck vehicle 2 head on.”

Speed was not noted as a factor, as the speed limit was 55 mph and troopers estimated both vehicles were traveling 55 mph.

McDaniel was a member of Bill’s Creek Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was survived by two sons and a grandson.