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Alcohol blamed in fatal crash




Staff Writer


Troopers said alcohol and speed contributed to the death of a western Lincoln County man, who ran off the road and struck a tree not far from his residence on Friday.

Douglas Powell White, 46, of 7811 Rose Ridge Lane in Vale, was traveling south on Peeler Road, in the North Brook area, south of N.C. 10, when he lost control of his 2002 GMC, overcorrecting and running off the right side of the roadway, colliding with a tree, Trooper J. M. Futrell told the Times-News on Tuesday.

The wreck occurred around 6 p.m. Friday just a mile from the Lincoln/Catawba County line, Futrell said.

He also noted that White was “very intoxicated” and driving in excess of the posted speed limit at the time of the crash.

While White was stable en route to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, he later perished at the hospital, troopers said.

There have been at least three total roadway fatalities in Lincoln County since January, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol station in Hickory.

Roy Sherman Gwyn, 39, also died after his motorcycle struck a tree near the Lincoln/Catawba County line earlier this month.

A toxicology report is currently under way to determine whether alcohol contributed to Gwyn’s crash on Herter Road.

His family reported him missing a day after they had last seen him. Troopers later located his body.


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