An Asheville man will spend a year in prison and pay a total of $45,363.08 in restitution after a jury found him guilty as charged in twelve intentional vehicle crashes occurring over the span of three years.
Thursday, June 16, 2016, Superior Court Judge Tommy Davis of Rutherford County sentenced Byron Fulghum, 27 of Asheville, to serve a minimum term of 12 months and a maximum term of 34 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections after a jury found Fulghum guilty as charged to six felony counts of insurance fraud, four misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, four misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and four misdemeanor counts of reckless driving to endanger.
“I am thankful that the jury saw the threat to safe drivers that this driver presented and convicted this defendant on all charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Fortunately, none of the victims in these crashes were seriously injured,” District Attorney Todd Williams said.
In addition to the active term of imprisonment, Judge Davis sentenced Fulghum to serve a 60 month term of supervised probation with a minimum suspended sentence 24 months and a maximum possible term of 68 months imprisonment in the Division of Adult Corrections.
Fulghum filmed many of the wrecks from a video dash-cam that was installed on the dash of his Ford Focus and uploaded the video to internet sites.
Many of the accidents were serious. On March 26, 2015 in a wreck involving Fulghum and a 74-year-old Alexander woman, officers determined from dash-cam video from Fulghum’s car that he “intentionally turned into the right rear corner of the victim’s car and intentionally caused it to rotate and flip.”
In that one crash the police estimated that the victim’s 2001 Subaru Forester sustained $7,000 in damage.
Fulghum additionally submitted claims between December 2014 and March 2015 to his own insurance company and to insurance providers for the other drivers that contained “false and misleading information.”