July 4, 2024 at 6:51 p.m.

Fatal Collision In Morganton On July 4

Eighteen-month-old toddler is dead


MORGANTON––Independence Day in Morganton was marred by a sad, fatal collision.

According to Master Trooper Christopher Casey of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, NCSHP personnel responded Thursday at about 10:40 a.m. and investigated the incident in rural Burke County. The scene was the Steel Creek Park and Family Campground parking lot. 

“A 2019 Chevrolet ‘Silverado’ was attempting to pull around a building and struck a pedestrian who walked in front of the truck,” Casey states in his same-day release. “The pedestrian, an 18-month-old child, succumbed to her injuries at the scene.”

He adds that the “Silverado’s” driver, Donald Hofford Lambert II, 45, of Prosperity, W.V., was not injured.

“The initial investigation indicates speed and alcohol were not contributing circumstances in the collision,” Casey concludes. “No charges will be filed in this case.”



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