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Teen Killed In Caldwell County Crash

An Alexander County teenager was killed in a Wednesday night (February 28) crash in Caldwell County. The deceased is 17-year-old Justin Nicholas Ray of Taylorsville.

Wednesday at approximately 7:30 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 64 near Brush Mountain Road. A 2004 Chevrolet Malibu traveling east on US 64, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The initial collision caused an eastbound 2018 Chevrolet Equinox to hit a large piece of debris from the Malibu and then crash into the Malibu.

The driver of the Malibu, Justin Nicholas Ray, passed away as a result of his injuries at the scene. The driver of the Silverado, a Lenoir resident, was transported by EMS to an area hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Equinox and a passenger, both received minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.

The initial investigation indicates excessive speed to be the contributing factor in the collision. No charges will be filed in the case. U.S. 64 was closed in the area for approximately three hours during the on-scene investigation.