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Man killed after crashing ATV into tree in Catawba County

CLAREMONT, NC (WBTV) -

A 21-year-old was killed after crashing a four wheeler in Catawba County late Tuesday night. 

According to deputies, the victim, identified as Josh Helms, was riding four wheelers with some friends in a wooded area off of Edwards Drive in Claremont around 10 p.m. Deputies said Helms continued riding the ATV while his friends stopped. 

A short time later, Helms' friends went looking for him. That's when they reportedly found that Helms had crashed into a tree, deputies say. 

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. Deputies say Helms was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. 

Deputies don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Officials are urging the public to wear helmets and to not ride ATVs in the dark. 

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