Two people were killed in a Catawba County highway collision Wednesday (February 17). At approximately 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Riverbend Road near Oxford School Road. A 2010 Ford Mustang was traveling west, crossed the centerline in a curve, and collided head-on with an eastbound 2007 Toyota Camry.
The Ford was driven by 53-year-old Bradley Joseph Koepnick of Statesville. The Toyota was being operated by 19-year-old Caroline Elizabeth Ervin of Claremont. Both drivers passed away at the scene as a result of their injuries. There were no other passengers. Neither driver was restrained by a seatbelt. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours during the on-scene investigation.