February 7, 2024 at 11:05 a.m.
Denver Man Killed in Early Morning Collision
On Wednesday morning (Feb. 7th) at approximately 3:15 AM, the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Lincoln County on NC 73 near Ralph Ward Trail. That's east of the Lincolnton Airport and west of Sharon Baptist Church.
A 2008 Toyota Scion traveling west on NC73 crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound 2021 Peterbilt tractor-trailer.
The driver of the Toyota, Timothy Kent McDaniel, Jr. 36, of Denver, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He was not restrained by a seatbelt.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jeffrey Thomas Triplett, 55, of Shelby, was not injured.
The initial investigation does not indicate impairment or speed to be contributing factors. During the on-scene investigation, NC73 was closed in the area for approximately two hours. No charges will be filed in this case.