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Man on lawn mower dies after being struck by car


Staff Writer

A 67-year-old Denver man died this week, troopers said, after a vehicle collided with the lawn mower he was driving on the wrong side of the road.

The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Forney Hill Road in Denver.

According to Trooper R. Neal with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Harley Pressley had a revoked driver’s license and often used his lawn mower as a means of transportation.

Neal said the victim had been on his way home from the store, at the time of the incident, traveling westbound in an eastbound lane.

Pressley wasn’t far from his residence when he died. Officers said he lived along Forney Hill Road.

Jordan Cochran, 21, who also resided in the area, accidentally struck the victim with her Honda Accord, troopers said.

Pressley was killed immediately upon impact, which Neal estimated to be 45 miles per hour, the road’s speed limit.

Troopers are still waiting for toxicology results to return to determine whether or not alcohol or illegal substances were in the victim’s system at the time of the collision.

No charges have been filed against Cochran.

Emergency Medical Services and the Denver Fire Department also responded to the site.

The roadway was shut down for at least half an hour following the wreck.


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