A resident of eastern Catawba County was killed in a weekend crash. On Sunday (October 24) at approximately 12:25 a.m., the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to Mathis Church Road near Sunset View Lane in Catawba. A 2008 Honda Civic was traveling south on Mathis Church Road, lost control in a curve, ran off the roadway to the left, and collided with a utility pole.
The driver, 27-year-old Ryan Thomas Coots of Catawba, passed away at the scene. Mr. Coots was the only occupant in the vehicle and was restrained by a seatbelt. The initial investigation indicates excessive speed to be a contributing circumstance in the collision.