Traffic fatality in Iredell County

Traffic fatality in Iredell County
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SPECIAL REPORT to Blowing Rock News from the NC Department of Public Safety. By Master Trooper Jeffrey S. Swagger. June 5, 2019. IREDELL COUNTY, NC — On Tuesday, 4 June 2019, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Iredell County on NC 3 (Coddle Creek Highway) at the intersection of Johnson Dairy Road.

A BMW passenger vehicle was traveling north on NC 3. A motorcycle was traveling south on NC 3. The BMW attempted to turn left onto Jonson Dairy Road, failed to yield the right of way, and collided with the motorcycle in the intersection. The driver of the BMW, Douglas Robert Catropa, 47, of Mooresville was not injured. The driver of the motorcycle, Shawn Clifton Soules, 47, of Kannapolis died at the scene.

Mr. Catropa was wearing a seatbelt; no impairment or phone distraction is suspected. Mr. Soules was wearing a helmet; no impairment or excessive speed is suspected. Investigating troopers will be in consultation with the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office concerning possible charges.

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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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