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Christopher Murillo
courtesy of Lenoir Police Dept.

Gastonia Man Charged with Death by Vehicle in Lenoir Crash that Killed Cyclist

27-year-old Christopher Murillo of Gastonia has been arrested by Lenoir Police on one felony count of death by vehicle and one count of driving while impaired. He was charged in connection to a fatal accident in Lenoir early yesterday (December 10) that claimed the life of a cyclist. The deceased is 36-year-old Nathan Daniel Smith of Lenoir.

At about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a bicyclist. The crash occurred on the 1,700 block of Hickory Boulevard in the northbound lanes, just north of Ideal Drive. The cyclist, Nathan Smith, and a silver 2021 Hyundai Tucson driven by Christopher Murillo were both traveling northwest on Hickory Boulevard in the outside travel lane. The Hyundai collided with the bike from the rear.

Mr. Smith passed away at the scene. Officers suspected that Murillo was impaired and administered field sobriety tests. Murillo was taken into custody without incident and charged accordingly. He was given a $50,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled today (December 11) in Lenoir.