Man dies in crash after suffering possible medical emergency in Catawba County

Police said the man may have suffered a medical emergency, causing him to lose control.
A 69-year-old man died after he ran off the road after suffering a possible medical emergency.
Published: Jul. 28, 2023 at 9:40 AM EDT
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NEWTON, N.C. (WBTV) - A 69-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Catawba County on Thursday evening.

The crash happened about 6:40 p.m. in the area of West 13th Street and Northwest Boulevard, the Newton Police Department said.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that the man, Robert Lewis Abernathy, was driving south on Northwest Boulevard when he ran off the left side of the road, jumped a curb and went airborne.

While the man’s pickup truck was in the air, it went through a fence and a yard before coming to a stop in a group of trees.

First responders attempted to perform lifesaving measures at the scene, but Abernathy died because of his injuries.

Police said he may have suffered a medical emergency, which could have caused him to lose control and crash.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should call Newton Police at 828-465-7430.

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