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Hickory Man Killed in Tuesday Night Moped Accident

One man has died following a traffic crash involving a moped last night (November 14) in Hickory.

The accident occurred at about 10 p.m. Tuesday as a Tesla driven by a 22-year-old Connelly Springs man was traveling south on N.C. Highway 127 near South Center Street when the driver of a moped attempted to cross the highway and collided with the Tesla. The moped was driven by 55-year-old Billy Gene Starnes of Hickory.

Catawba County E.M.S. responded. Mr. Starnes was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No charges are expected. Anyone with information regarding the accident should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.