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Stephanie Harris
Courtesy of Hickory Police Department

Taylorsville Resident Killed In Crash, Hickory Woman Charged

Hickory Police investigated a fatal traffic crash on Saturday (April 13) involving two vehicles. One driver was charged. At 11:37 p.m., a red 2007 BMW motorcycle, driven by 19-year-old Coble Hartman of Taylorsville was traveling west on US Hwy 70 SE. A white 2018 Ford Escape, driven by 30-year-old Stephanie Harris of Hickory was
traveling east on the same highway.

Harris attempted to make a left turn onto 19th Street Drive SE when the BMW motorcycle struck the passenger side of the Ford Escape. Hartman was transported from the scene by Catawba County EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he later died as a result of his injuries. Harris was not injured.

Coble Hartman
Courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB

Investigators determined speed and impairment were factors in this crash. Harris was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and driving while license revoked after impaired revocation.

This crash investigation is ongoing. If anyone witnessed this traffic crash, or has information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Sgt. A. Efird at 828-328-5551 or email her at