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Lincolnton woman dies in Cleveland County crash



Staff Writer


A Lincolnton woman and Cleveland County Certified Public Accountant died Thursday morning after her vehicle struck a utility pole and tree before overturning, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Kimberly Watson, 34, wasn’t traveling at excessive speeds around 7:30 a.m. when she ran off the right side of the road and slammed into a nearby pole and tree, according to Cleveland County Trooper J. Deaton.

“There’s no evidence of gross, excessive speed,” he told the Times-News.

Deaton said the incident happened on South Post Road in Patterson Springs.

The woman worked at a CPA at Watson, Triplett and Smith CPA in Shelby, troopers said.

Alcohol was also not a factor in the crash.

Watson’s death is the second wreck fatality in Cleveland County this year, Deaton said.


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