WNC deputy indicted for fatal crash

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MACON Co., N.C. (WSPA) — A sheriff’s deputy who wrecked while driving a Franklin man home has been charged in the deadly crash. 

The N.C. Highway Patrol said a grand jury indicted Macon County Deputy Cody Mitchell on a charge of misdemeanor death by vehicle. Mitchell was indicted Monday, three months after the crash on Highway 64.

Troopers said Deputy Mitchell was driving a man to his residence in a transport van when the van went off the highway and overturned several times. The single-vehicle wreck happened Feb. 12 near Bill Dalrymple Road. 

Deputy Mitchell and the passenger were seriously hurt.

Both were taken to a hospital where the passenger, identified as 66-year-old James Baggott of Franklin, N.C., later died.  

Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland previously said the deputy was transporting a patient to his home. Holland said it appeared the vehicle hydroplaned during heavy rainfall.

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