Cassandra – the story of Casey and Alexandra – Chapter One

16 Mar

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Cassandra – the story of Casey and Alexandra

by L. Stewart Marsden

Chapter One

Two teens conditions critical after two-car collision
Investigation ongoing

From Staff Reports, The Hickory Daily Times

HICKORY — Two Hickory teenagers were seriously injured Friday afternoon in a two-car collision on NC 127 at the intersection with 29th Avenue NW.

Casey Miller, 17, and Alexandra Sigmon, 16, were in two separate cars that struck each other around 4:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Alice Reynolds, Hickory Police Department traffic investigator.

Miller, the driver of a white Honda Civic, drove through a red light into NC 127 north from 29th coming west. Dana Sigmon, 54, mother of Alexandra, drove the second car, a Dodge minivan, heading north on NC 127, according to Reynolds.

“Mrs. Sigmon was passing through the intersection when the Miller car entered the intersection from the right. Miller’s car was struck on the driver’s side with the front right of the minivan,” said Reynolds.

The Sigmon teen was in the front passenger seat of the minivan, she said.

Considerable damage occurred to both vehicles.

Emergency responders form the nearby fire station had to cut Sigmon out of the minivan using jaws of life (see video on

Miller was pulled from her Civic with few visible injuries, but sustained head trauma, said Reynolds.

EMT personnel were able to stabilize each teen in critical condition, and both were life flighted by helicopter to the trauma center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Both were immediately taken into surgery and are listed in critical condition, according to a spokesperson from the medical center.

Sigmon’s mother was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment. Her condition is unknown, but thought to be non life threatening, said Reynolds.

Reynolds would not comment on the cause of the accident other than to say the investigation is ongoing. Witnesses said Miller was texting on her cell phone at the time she ran the red light.

Miller is a senior at Hickory High School where she is captain of the girls’ basketball team and an all-state pitcher on the softball team.

Her parents could not be reached for comment, and have gone to Charlotte to be with their daughter.

Sigmon is an honors student and early senior at St. Stephens High School. She has been accepted early admissions at Duke University, and has plans to study microbiotics, according to Glenn Thomas, her father.

“She is such a bright girl,” said Thomas. “I know all her friends are praying for her.” Thomas was reached by cell phone at the medical center.

Traffic was detoured away from the intersection by police, which was not expected to be reopened until early Saturday morning, according to Reynolds.

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One Response to “Cassandra – the story of Casey and Alexandra – Chapter One”


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