Canton man killed in head-on collision

Aug 28, 2013

A Canton man and business owner was killed in an early morning wreck in Asheville.

Frederick King, 61, was driving in the eastbound lane on I-26 near mile marker 32 when he was struck head-on by a person driving the wrong direction around 3:25 a.m., according to Asheville police.

Dennis Tournquist, 63, of Brevard, entered the interstate heading westbound driving a 2001 Honda Civic and collided with the rear tandem axles of a 2009 Volvo tractor trailer, driven by Jackie Taylor of Tennessee.

Tournquist then collided with King, who was driving a 1995 Chevy Tahoe. Tournquist and King died on the scene. Taylor was not injured.

Asheville police said the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

King was the owner of King & Associates Tax Services and leaves behind a wife, four children, eight grandchildren and several community members who cared for him deeply.

Among those is Phil Smathers, who knew King as a neighbor, friend and fellow fisherman.

"Fred was part of the boy scouts. He took all the photos of the troops that came into Camp Daniel Boone. He was an outstanding citizen and wonderful guy in the community. He always had a smile on his face. I can't say enough good things about him," Smathers said.

Fred and Sandy Wright also remember King for his volunteer work with the boy scouts.

"Every Sunday in the summer he and his wife would take troop pictures, print them and have them ready by the end of the week when it was time to go home. He has photographed hundreds of troops from all parts of the country. He will be missed by many that he touched with photos from camp," they said.


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