Man killed after crashing car into Gastonia animal hospital identified

Man killed after crashing into animal hospital in Gaston County

GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - A man who died after crashing his car into an animal hospital in Gastonia early Thursday morning has been identified as 28-year-old Jonathan David Wilson.

Officials said Wilson was reportedly going 60 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone, coming off Aberdeen Boulevard, when he struck the Eastridge Animal Hospital on E Franklin Boulevard.

A friend of Wilson’s said he had just celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, just two days before the crash. Wilson’s family shared a picture of him Thursday.

A friend of Wilson’s said he had just celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, just two days before the crash. Wilson’s family shared a picture of him Thursday.
A friend of Wilson’s said he had just celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, just two days before the crash. Wilson’s family shared a picture of him Thursday. (Source: Family)

The shelter sustained damage in the incident but no animals were hurt.

Vaccinations and medicines were destroyed in the crash and half of the animal hospital is without power.

Animals were either sent home or transferred to other animal hospitals. The hospital will be closed Thursday. There’s no word on when the center will reopen.

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