UPDATED: Conover auto crash kills one, delays traffic for 90 minutes

UPDATED: Conover auto crash kills one, delays traffic for 90 minutes
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SPECIAL REPORT. December 27, 2018. CONOVER, NC — On Thursday, 27 December 2018, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Catawba County on I-40 East near mile marker 130.  A passenger vehicle ran off the road to the right and collided with a light pole.  The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only person in the vehicle.

Traffic was delayed for approximately 90 minutes and backed up for over two miles.  There were four secondary collisions that occurred in the back-up until the on-scene investigation could be completed and all lanes cleared.

UPDATE #1 (December 28, 2018, 1257 am): The driver in this fatal collision in Catawba County was Scott Randolph Hammett Jr., 59, of Clemmons, North Carolina.  He was operating a 2007 Honda Accord.  There was a dog in the vehicle that also died as a result of the crash.  Mr. Hammett was the Senior Pastor of Clemmons First Baptist Church in Clemmons, North Carolina. The investigation is ongoing, but Troopers are considering the possibility of a medical condition as a contributing circumstance to the collision.

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As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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