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One Person Killed In Sunday Morning Accident
Ethan Trent Roten,charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle
courtesy of Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Office

One Person Killed in Sunday Morning Accident

One person was killed in an early morning accident yesterday (May 8) in Caldwell County. The deceased is 44-year-old James Darrell Roten of North Wilkesboro.

At about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to the crash on Abington Road, near Beecher Anderson Road. A southbound 1997 Ford Thunderbird on Abington Road ran off the road to the right, collided with a tree, and overturned. The driver, 21-year-old Ethan Trent Roten of Hamptonville, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. James Roten, who was a passenger in the front seat, was partially ejected and was pinned under the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt. James Roten passed away at the scene. The rear seat passenger, 27-year-old Timberly Yelton of Morganton, was partially ejected and was pinned under the vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt. Ms. Yelton was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ethan Roten was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, driving while license revoked, and a lane control violation. The collision remains under investigation.