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.