On Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at approximately 2:03 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Lincoln County on NC 73 between Club Drive and Killian Farm Road. A 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling west and collided with a tree that had fallen across the roadway. The driver, Jacob Wayne Chase, 24, of Lincolnton was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.
The NC Department of Transportation responded to clear the tree from the roadway and set up a detour. Duke Energy responded to repair power lines that were pulled down by the fallen tree. The roadway remained closed for several hours as traffic was rerouted during the investigation and repair process.