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A Macon County deputy who crashed a van on Feb. 12 while taking a Franklin man home from a medical facility has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Cody Mitchell was driving a Macon County Sheriff’s Office transit van when the vehicle ran off U.S. 64 West near Bill Dalrymple Road and overturned three times.

James Richard Baggott, 66, was being transporting home from a medical facility in Winston-Salem at the time of the accident.

to his Franklin home from a medical facility in Winston-Salem at the time of the accident. Baggott was taken to Angel Medical Center. After a stop at AMC, Baggott was transferred to Mission Hospital in Asheville, where he later died.

Mitchell was also injured in the crash and was taken to Angel Medical Center. He was discharged the evening of the accident.

District Attorney Ashley Welch said Tuesday that Mitchell was served with an arrest warrant Monday and released on a $2,550 bond the same day. He is scheduled to appear in administrative court on June. 24.

The N.C. Highway Patrol incident report determined that the van was traveling at about 80 mph when the vehicle hydroplaned and slid off the road. The speed limit where the accident occurred is 55 mph. There were 88 feet of skid marks prior to where the van left the roadway, and the van travelled approximately 95 feet after going off the shoulder, according to the report.

Misdemeanor death-by-vehicle is a class A1 misdemeanor. A conviction carries up to 150 days in jail and fines in an amount deemed appropriate by the judge.

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