A tragic accident claimed the life of an 18-year-old Asheboro man Friday night when the vehicle he was in rolled into the frigid waters of Badin Lake. Christopher Bullard died at the scene, while the driver, 18-year-old Elizabeth Beane of Trinity watched in horror.
According to Detective April Voncannon and Deputy Jamey Kerney, the accident was first called in at 11:10 p.m. When a large number of personnel, including Badin Lake Fire Department, Montgomery County Rescue Squad and law enforcement arrived on scene, the vehicle was submerged in about 12 feet of water about 30 feet from shore.
When Montgomery County Rescue was unable to reach the vehicle due to the extreme cold and darkenss, the Stanly County Dive team was called in. After multiple attempts the vehicle was finally hooked and pulled from the water. Inside lay the body of Bullard who had obviously attempted to get out of the vehicle.
According to Voncannon, Bullard and Beane had been parked at Fish Tales Marina, when they knocked the vehicle out of gear. The emergency brake was on but failed to hold. When the vehicle was in the water, Beane rolled down her window and climbed out, with Bullard saying he was right behind her. Beane was the driver of the vehicle. The handle on the passenger door was broken and Bullard attempted to crawl over the gearshift, in the center of the vehicle, when his pants became hung on the shift stick.
Emergency personnel were on scene for approximately three hours with temperatures in the teens.