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One Killed in Watauga County Accident

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal single-vehicle accident that occurred yesterday (December 28) in Watauga County. The deceased is 22-year-old Ethan Thomas Pepitone of Belmont.

At about 8:20 Wednesday morning, the Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash on N.C. Highway 105 near Seven Devils Road. A southbound 2023 Subaru Crosstrek on Highway 105 crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the road, struck a boulder, and overturned down an embankment.

Mr. Pepitone, who was driving, was critically injured. He was transported by E.M.S. to Watauga Medical Center in Boone where he passed away as the result of his injuries. He was not restrained by a seatbelt.