21-year-old Cooper Gregory Snipes of Iron Station and 86-year-old Mahlon Brewster Strope Jr. of Iron Station have both died as the result of an accident on Sunday (February 7) in Lincoln County.
At about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on Mount Zion Church Road, near Old Plank Road. A southbound 2017 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Mr. Snipes crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a northbound 2011 Nissan Altima, driven by Mr. Strope. A northbound 2016 Nissan Rogue also collided with the Altima.
Mr. Snipes was transported by medical helicopter to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Strope passed away at the scene. The Rogue was driven by a 24-year-old Dallas woman. She was transported by Paramedics to Atrium Health Lincoln with non-life threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed on the part of the Chevrolet as a contributing factor. No charges will be filed.
The roadway was closed for approximately three hours during the on-scene investigation.