Car crushes, kills man
A Sawmills man working on his car was killed Saturday when the jack holding the car up slipped, pinning him underneath the vehicle.
Scottie Ray Sigmon, 30, was planning to marry Sherry Mounts, his fiancee and high school sweetheart, on Aug. 20.
Sigmon was working on a Chrysler 300 parked beside the house where he and Mounts lived at 4011 Baird Drive in Sawmills. Mounts took a photo of her fiance working under the car.
"I posted it on Facebook and said how much I loved him," she said through tears.
About 10 minutes later, shortly before 4:30 p.m., the loud barking of their dog drew her attention.
"He was trying to let us know something," Mounts said. "A man at the top of the driveway said he (Sigmon) was stuck under the car. I was screaming at Scottie."
Mounts said she detected a faint pulse at first, but Sigmon was dead before the ambulance arrived.
"It was a freak accident," she said. "He was a good mechanic. He worked on all of our vehicles."
Sigmon and Mounts dated while attending Watauga High School and reunited six years ago. They have a 2-year-old son, Jayce, and Mount said Sigmon also was a loving father to her two children, 10-year-old Shawn Suttle and 7-year-old Sheldon Suttle.
Sigmon, who was born in Hickory but lived most of his life in Watauga and Caldwell counties, worked as a flagger for a construction company in Watauga County.