A Catawba County man lost his life Tuesday morning after his motorcycle collided with a flat-bed commercial truck in northeastern Lincoln County, the same area where a West Lincoln High School student died in a wreck nearly a year ago, troopers said.
The incident happened just after 10 a.m. at 6905 N.C. 150 East, near Henry Dellinger Road, EMS officials said.
Larone Martin, of Gastonia, was traveling down the area roadway when he turned west on Henry Dellinger Road, crossing into the victim’s lane of travel, according to Trooper Kyle Adkins with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The driver of the motorcycle, James Edwin Street, 52, of Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford, died on impact after striking the truck’s passenger side door.
Martin sustained no injuries in the incident, Adkins said.
The Department of Transportation blocked off the roadway in both directions for five hours, re-opening the roadway around2:45 p.m., troopers said.
Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office directed traffic during that time.
A reconstruction team with the NCSHP office in Raleigh responded to the scene by helicopter to reconstruct the accident for an investigation, Adkins said.
While troopers remain unsure as to the vehicles’ exact speed of impact, troopers estimated it to be around 45 mph.
While Adkins has ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor in the crash, he said an investigation is ongoing.
No charges have been filed against the truck driver at this time.
Additional responding agencies Tuesday included Denver and Pumpkin Center Fire Departments.