SUV accident kills Mooresboro man

Sep. 23, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

 A planned cook-out at Lenoir Rhyne University was scarred with tragedy Saturday night as a  21-year-old Peppertown Road, Mooresboro man died at 5:28 p.m. en route to the event.

Dache Christopher Gossett was pronounced dead at the scene of a one vehicle accident on Old Henrietta Road, reported North Carolina Highway Patrolman B.Y. Hill. 

Gossett  was a back seat passenger in a 2002 Chevrolet SUV driven by Tajae S. O’Neil McMullens, 19, of Mist Oak Drive in Forest City.  The front seat passenger was Carlos M. Watkins of Mooresboro and a Clemson University defensive tackle on the Tigers’ football team.

Watkins and McMullens were both transported to the hospital and reportedly have been released.

Trooper Hill said the three close friends were traveling to McMullen’s brothers house at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Hill said the SUV was traveling west on Old Henrietta Road when McMullens was attempting to make a left turn onto Providence Road during the rain. When he made the left turn, he crossed the center line, left the side of the road, overturned, lost his tracking and hit a utility pole.

When the vehicle overturned Gossett was ejected from the car.

McMullens and Watkins were both trapped as the vehicle was over on its right side against the utility pole.

Emergency works had to wait for Duke Energy to arrive on scene to cut the power at the utility pole.

“There was an extended rescue time,” Hill said.

Charges are pending investigation and meeting with the district attorney.

Watkins and McMullens were taken to Rutherford Regional Medical Center where McMullens was released Saturday night. 

Watkins was transferred to Mission Hospital in Asheville where he was expected to be released Sunday. His injuries were relatively minor, according to 

The Clemson Tigers were not playing football Saturday because of their Thursday night game with North Carolina State University, which allowed Watkins to be at home for the weekend.

Gossett is the ninth person to die on a Rutherford County road in 2013.

Thompson’s Mortuary in Forest City will be assisting the Gossett family.