Driver Charged Following Deadly Head-On Collision In Catawba County

NEWTON, NC — Troopers say the driver responsible for Monday morning’s deadly head-on collision in Catawba County is facing charges.

Michael Edwards, 39, of Catawba, is charged with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle following the deadly accident that happened around 5:25am on NC 150 near Sherrills Ford Road.

According to investigators with the NC State Highway Patrol, Edwards was driving his 2010 Dodge pickup when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a 1993 Ford pickup truck head on.

The Ford’s driver, 44-year-old Jody Adams, of Statesville, was not wearing a seatbelt, troopers say, and died at the scene.

Edwards was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory with minor injuries.

Investigators say they do not believe speed or impairment were factors in the collision.