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Morganton Bicyclist Killed In Burke County Crash

A man riding a bicycle was killed in a Monday crash in Burke County. The deceased is 43-year-old Mark Anthony Mode of Morganton.

Monday at approximately 8:30 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 18 near Zero Mull Road. A 2001 Ford F-250 was traveling south on N.C. 18 and was passing another southbound vehicle in a passing zone. As the F-250 was passing, it struck a bicyclist who was riding northbound in the roadway. The bicyclist was wearing dark clothing, the roadway was not lighted, and no lights were on the bicycle.

The bicyclist, Mark Anthony Mode, passed away as a result of his injuries at the scene. The driver of the Ford was not injured. The initial investigation does not indicate impairment or speed to be contributing factors. Possible charges are pending upon completion of the ongoing investigation and consultation with the District Attorney’s Office. During the on-scene investigation, the roadway was closed in the area for approximately two hours.