Troopers: Woman Dies After Being Rear-Ended In Fatal Catawba County Collision

HICKORY, N.C. — Troopers say a woman driving a Mitsubishi was killed on Friday, after getting rear-ended in Catawba County while attempting to turn into a private driveway.

Troopers responded to the fatal collision on N.C. Highway 127 near Valley Field Road around 2 p.m. on June 11th. Troopers say they found the driver of the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer, 89-year-old Betty Shook, dead at the scene.

Police say Shook was heading south on N.C. Highway 127, when she stopped in the roadway to wait for traffic to clear in order to take a left into a private driveway.

The driver of a 2015 Chrysler Town & Country van, 33-year-old Michael Isenhour, was also heading south when he failed to adequately reduce his speed, attempted to swerve, and rear-ended Shook in her Mitsubishi, according to a news release.

Troopers say the car was then forced across the centerline and collided with a northbound 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

The driver of the Toyota, 51-year-old Jeffrey Clark, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Troopers say traffic was detoured around the scene of the crash for over two hours, and Isenhour has been charged with failing to reduce speed and misdemeanor death by vehicle for his invovlement.