LINCOLNTON – On Sunday, Feb. 7, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a double fatal collision in Lincoln County on Mount Zion Church Road near Old Plank Road. A 2017 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling south on Mount Zion Church Road, crossed the center line, and collided head-on with a northbound 2011 Nissan Altima. Subsequent to the initial collision, a northbound 2016 Nissan Rogue also collided with the Altima.
The Chevrolet was being driven by Cooper Gregory Snipes, 21, of Iron Station. He was transported by medical helicopter to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte but succumbed to his injuries. The Altima was being driven by Mahlon Brewster Strope Jr., 86, of Iron Station. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The Rogue was being driven by Lydia Robinson Francis, 24, of Dallas. She was transported by paramedics to Atrium Health Lincoln with non-life-threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed on the part of the Chevrolet as a contributing factor. No charges will be filed. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours during the on-scene investigation.