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Man known for flamboyant costumes struck by car and injured

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Willard L. Blevins (Photo courtesy of the NC Dept. of Justice) Willard L. Blevins (Photo courtesy of the NC Dept. of Justice)

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Lenoir man known for wearing flamboyant costumes and walking up and down roads in Caldwell County was struck by a car Friday afternoon and this is the second time in months it has happened.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on Connelly Springs Road. 

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Willard L. Blevins, 65, was struck by a Ford Taurus station wagon driven by 24-year-old Vanessa Knox of Morganton.

It is unclear what type of costume, if any, Blevins was wearing when this latest incident occurred, but the highway patrol says he was wearing a wig which fell off after he was hit.

Witnesses told state troopers that Blevins stepped into the path of the station wagon. Knox was not cited or charged with any violations, the highway patrol said.

Blevins suffered serious head trauma and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he was still listed in serious condition on Monday.

The highway patrol said Blevins has a mental disability and often parades up and down the highway wearing colorful costumes. This is the second time in three months Blevins has been hit by a car in Caldwell County.

The Caldwell County Department is Social Services is looking into what type of care Blevins should have following his release from the hospital.

A state trooper told WBTV.com that Blevins' situation is sad because he has no relatives to care for him.  

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice website, Blevins was convicted on four counts of indecent liberties with a minor on June 10, 1996. He was released from jail in June 2001 after serving a 3-year sentence.

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