Saturday morning (June 12th) at approximately 6:30 AM, the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal wreck in Lincoln County on Bethel Church Road. Sometime overnight, a 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide was traveling east, ran off the road to the left in a curve, and collided with a wooden fence. The operator, Zachary Scott Pless, 36, of Iron Station, was ejected and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. A significant time later, a passerby noticed the collision and contacted authorities.
Another fatal accident happened Friday afternoon (June 11th) in Catawba County. At approximately 2:00 PM, the Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in on NC 127 near Valley Field Road. A 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer passenger car was traveling south on NC 127 and stopped in the roadway while waiting for traffic to clear before turning left into a private driveway. A 2015 Chrysler Town & Country van was traveling south, failed to adequately reduce speed, attempted to swerve, but rear-ended the Mitsubishi. The car was forced across the centerline and collided with a northbound 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, Betty Hilton Shook, 89, of Hickory, succumbed to her injuries at the scene. The driver of the Chrysler, Michael Christopher Isenhour, 33, of Cherryville, was not injured. The driver of the Toyota, Jeffrey David Clark, 51, of Mocksville, was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Traffic was detoured around the area while NC 127 was closed for over two hours during the investigation. Isenhour has been charged with failing to reduce speed and misdemeanor death by vehicle.
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