Speed, alcohol factors in fatal Wayne County ATV accident, officials say

PIKEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A 47-year-old man died from injuries sustained when the ATV he was operating hit another in Pikeville early Monday morning.

Officials said William C. Kearney, of Pikeville and another 29-year-old man were racing down Old Kenly Road on ATVs around midnight.

Kearney swerved and hit the second ATV.

Kearney was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital ER where he was pronounced dead.

Officials said speed, reckless driving and alcohol are believed to be factors in the incident.

The second driver was not seriously injured.

Officials said potential charges are pending on the other driver.

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