September 18, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.
Claremont Man Killed When Riding Mower Struck by Vehicle
On Saturday, September 16th, at approximately 8:20 pm, the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Catawba County on Shook Road near Rock Barn Road. A 2001 Honda Passport, traveling south on Shook Road struck a riding lawn mower, which the operator was driving south in the roadway.
The operator of the mower, Phillip Michael Brooks, 59, of Claremont, was ejected from the mower and critically injured. He was transported by EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the Passport, Christopher Chad Miller, 52, of Hickory, was not injured.
The Highway Patrol says no charges will be filed in this case. The riding lawn mower was not displaying any lights or reflective markings.