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Boy Killed In McDowell County Wreck

A wreck in McDowell County has claimed the life of a baby boy.

It happened around 11 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 70 West, near Grace Community Church.

Troopers say it appears the driver of a pickup truck looked away from the road briefly and didn't notice the minivan in front of him was slowing down.

He slammed into the back of the van, sending four people inside to Mission Hospital.

1-year-old Weston Kingsley of Old Fort died at the hospital.

Troopers didn't know the extent of the other injuries at this point.

The pickup driver, William Tyler Hoover, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid collision.

The accident happened as the family was turning into Marion's Grace Community Church for 11 o'clock service. The congregation is now raising money for the family, largely to help cover funeral expenses.

Checks can be made out to "Grace Community Church" and mailed to the church at:
5182 US 70
W Marion, NC 28752


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