Ralph Harlon Fisher '61
and dog killed in wreck traveled everywhere together
Thursday, April 27, 2017
A man who died in a car wreck Tuesday evening
always traveled with his little Chihuahua, Peppy.
Ralph Harlon Fisher, 75, of Bells Fork Road, died
in a wreck on Southwest Greenville Boulevard near Rollins Drive after the Ford
Mustang he was driving crashed into the back of a small black passenger bus.
Police said Fisher lost control of his vehicle, and
his car slammed sideways into the bus, with the driver’s side making contact.
He died on scene. Peppy also died in the wreck.
“He called Peppy his traveling buddy,” said
Fisher’s wife, Doris Fisher. “He took Peppy everywhere. Peppy slept
with his head on Ralph’s shoulder.”
Ralph Fisher was driving a 1972 Mach 1 Mustang that
he had just gotten back on the road after rebuilding its engine, she said.
“That was his pride and joy,” she said. “He
was a car enthusiast.”
Ralph Fisher was retired from an HVAC business he
and his wife owned in Ellicott, Md., called Automatic Control Inc.
In the 1980s, he obtained three patents for HVAC
systems that included an air conditioner, a heater and a hot water heater, Doris
“He was building these systems and putting them
in, in the Washington, D.C., area,” she said.
After he retired, the couple moved to Greenville,
which was close to her hometown of Fountain. They purchased their home on Bells
Fork Road nearly 12 years ago, she said.
Ralph Fisher was born in Alabama. He is survived by
two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who live in
The wreck occurred just before 7 p.m. and was
spotted by a Greenville Fire-Rescue crew that was pulling out of Rollins Drive a
few moments after the wreck.
Police believe that speed likely was a contributing
factor in the wreck. The driver of the bus, Albert Dixon Jr., of Farmville, and
the only passenger in the bus, Dantriel Woodland of Greenville, were not injured
in the wreck.
Investigation of fatal crash ends, Dixon charged (May 24, 2017)
The Greenville Police Department’s Traffic Safety
Unit has ended the investigation of a deadly crash that killed a 75-year-old
Greenville man and his dog in April.
On Thursday, Albert Dixon Jr., 72, of Farmville was
charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. At a meeting at the
magistrate's office, Dixon was given an unsecured bond and is scheduled to meet
in court on July 18.
Greenville Police responded to the report of a
crash on Greenville Boulevard near Rollins Drive just before 7 p.m. on April 25.
The crash, involving a car and a bus, was reported and upon arrival, first
responders located Ralph Harlon Fisher, 75, of Greenville who was deceased. His
dog died later from traumatic injuries, according to a GPD press release.
The investigation concluded that the driver of the
small black passenger bus, Dixon, made his way out of Rollins Drive onto
Greenville Boulevard where he turned in front of the yellow Ford Mustang Fisher
was driving. Fisher, unable to switch lanes due to passing vehicles, applied the
brakes, skid and collided with the back of Dixon’s bus. It was estimated that
Fisher's car was going roughly 68 miles per hour at the moment the bus pulled in
front of him.
During the preliminary investigation, it was found
that Fisher was traveling west in his yellow Ford Mustang on Mach 1. Fisher lost
control of the car and collided with the back right corner of a small black
Neither Dixon, or the only passenger on the bus,
Dantriel Woodland of Greenville were injured in the incident.
Kristen Hunter, public information officer for
Greenville Police, said the accident also caused traffic to be rerouted.
“It was a pretty detailed crash investigation, it
shut down the road for approximately three and half hours,” said Hunter.
“Traffic was shut down in both directions and was diverted through other side
streets during that time.”