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Sean Darrel Vardell
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Motorcyclist Killed in Accident in Hickory Saturday

Hickory Police are investigating a fatal two-vehicle traffic crash that occurred on Saturday, May 11. The deceased is 38-year-old Sean Darrel Vardell of Taylorsville.

At 4:21 p.m. Saturday, a white Lexus S.U.V. driven by 53-year-old Choeum-Mach Chang of Hickory was traveling south on North Center Street. As the driver attempted to turn left onto 18th Avenue N.E., the Lexus was struck by a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Mr. Vardell. The Harley Davidson was traveling north on North Center Street prior to the collision. Following the accident, Mr. Vardell was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center by Catawba County E.M.S. where he was pronounced deceased.

The crash investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information pertaining to the investigation, call H.P.D. at 828-328-5551 or email