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Man Killed In Caldwell County Crash

A man was killed in a crash Thursday (June 29) in Caldwell County. The deceased is 49-year-old Harold Kelly Parsons of Lenoir.

On Thursday at approximately 3:10 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 321 near the Watauga County line. A 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera was traveling south on U.S. 321, crossed the centerline, and collided with a northbound 2022 Chevrolet Silverado.

The driver of the Porsche, Harold Kelly Parsons, passed away as a result of his injuries at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle was transported by medical helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center, in serious condition. The driver of the Silverado, a Lincolnton resident, was treated by EMS at the scene for minor injuries.

The initial investigation indicates careless and reckless driving to be the contributing factor in the collision. U.S. 321 was closed in the area for two hours during the on-scene investigation.