The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal collision that occurred this morning (September 18) in southwestern Catawba County. The Highway Patrol responded to the scene on Old Shelby Road near the Greedy Highway at about 7:50 a.m. today. The deceased is 21-year-old Nathaniel Jay Jose Reynon of Lawndale.
The accident occurred when a 2005 Ford Five Hundred passenger car traveling north on Old Shelby Road ran off the road to the right in a curve, lost control, and collided with a tree on the roadside. Mr. Reynon died at the scene. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.
The Highway patrol says excessive speed is considered to be a contributing circumstance. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours during the investigation.