On Monday, June 3, 2019, at approximately 4 p.m., Blue Ridge Parkway dispatchers received a report of a single motor vehicle rollover near Milepost 423 on the Parkway. Rangers and local rescue crews arrived on the scene to find a single occupant deceased. The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Diane Banther Rice, 61, of Brevard.
Preliminary investigations indicate that Rice was traveling southbound at the N.C. 215 access to the Parkway when her vehicle crossed the center line and northbound lane before striking a gate in that area. No additional details are available at this time.