A Hickory man was killed in an accident in Iredell County early yesterday (August 4). The deceased is 36-year-old Keith Donte Hutchison. At about 6:35 Wednesday morning, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash on Interstate 40 East near Old Mountain Road.
The accident occurred as an eastbound 2005 G.M.C. Envoy ran off the roadway to the right near mile-marker 143. The vehicle hit the guardrail, then struck the guardrail in the median, and overturned. Mr. Hutchison died at the scene. He was not restrained by a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.
According to the Highway Patrol, the initial investigation indicates driver inattention as a contributing circumstance.