LENOIR, N.C. – An impaired driver caused a head-on collision that claimed the life of a 92-year-old man, police say.
Lenoir Police responded to the crash around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Hickory Boulevard and Ideal Drive.
Police say the preliminary investigation shows that Jack Byron White, 56, of Lenoir, was traveling northbound on Hickory Boulevard when his 1994 Plymouth van crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck a southbound Chevy Blazer driven by Donald Lee Roper.
Both Donald Roper and his passenger, 92-year-old Howard Lee Roper were taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, where Howard was pronounced dead from injuries he sustained in the collision.
White was also taken to CMH for minor injuries, where officers learned he had consumed alcohol prior to the crash.
White was arrested and charged with driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle after being released from the hospital. He's held in the Caldwell County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.
The investigation in to the crash will continue, and additional charges are possible.
At the time of this release, police say Donald Roper was still receiving treatment for his injuries at CMH.