The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports a fatal crash in Lincoln County. Shortly after 2:00 this morning (June 12), Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision on NC 73 between Club Drive and Killian Farm Road.
A 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling west and collided with a tree that had fallen across the roadway. The driver, 24-year-old Jacob Wayne Chase, of Lincolnton, was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation responded to clear the tree from the roadway and set up a detour. Duke Energy responded to repair power lines that were pulled down by the fallen tree. The roadway remained closed for several hours as traffic was rerouted during the investigation and repair process.