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A fatal crash has claimed the life of a Caldwell County man. The deceased is 41-year-old Michael Scott Skelton of Lenoir. The crash reportedly occurred during a pursuit with police.
On Thursday (January 18) at approximately 10:45 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Playmore Beach Road near Packs Hill Road in Caldwell County. A 2015 Ford Fusion was traveling west on Playmore Beach Road, crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the road, and struck a tree.
The driver of the Fusion, Michael Scott Skelton, passed away from his injuries at the scene. The initial investigation indicates speed and reckless driving as the contributing factors in the collision. According to the Highway Patrol, at the time of the collision, Skelton was being pursued by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.