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Hickory Man Killed In Wednesday Night Crash

A man was killed in a crash late Wednesday night (July 27) in Caldwell County. The deceased is 53-year-old Ralph Preston Wolfe, Jr. of Hickory.

Wednesday at approximately 10:45 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 321 near the intersection of Alex Lee Boulevard. A 2020 Tao moped, a 2003 Nissan Altima, and a 2015 Hyundai Elantra were traveling north on U.S. 321 in the right lane. The Nissan collided with the moped causing it to overturn and eject the driver onto the roadway. The Hyundai then struck the driver of the moped.

The driver of the moped, Ralph Preston Wolfe Jr., passed away as a result of his injuries at the scene. The driver of the Nissan, a Hudson resident, was not injured. The driver of the Hyundai, also a Hudson resident, was not injured as well.

The investigation is ongoing. Troopers will be in consultation with the Caldwell County District Attorney’s Office concerning any possible charges.