Deputy involved in deadly Catawba County crash

Deputy involved in deadly Catawba County crash
One person was killed and a deputy was injured in a crash in Hickory Wednesday morning. (Taylor Simpson)

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - One person was killed and a deputy was injured in a crash in Catawba County early Wednesday morning.

The wreck happened around 1 a.m. on McDonald Parkway at 12th Ave Drive NE, closing the area for a time.

Troopers say 27-year-old Hernan Cortez was driving a 2003 Honda Civic when Cortez collided with the deputy’s vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, at the intersection. The Honda ran off the roadway and hit a fence.

Cotez was pronounced dead on scene.

The patrol vehicle came to a rest on McDonald Parkway, officials say. The deputy was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center and released.

It is unclear what led to the crash.

A detour was put in place until troopers reopened the area, which was expected to be around 9 a.m.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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