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Mooresville man charged following fatal accident

A Mooresville man was charged Sunday following a morning fatal vehicle accident on Deal Road. The N.C. Highway Patrol charged Joshua Dakota Thompson, 23, with felony death by vehicle and misdemeanor driving while impaired.

The passenger, Kala Marie Martin, also 23, of Mooresville, was killed. A report said she was the owner of the 1988 Ford vehicle, but Thompson was driving. The crash occurred at 6:18 a.m., a report said.

A report said Thompson ran off the road to the right, struck a culvert, continued traveling east on the shoulder. He attempted to correct the vehicle, but struck a utility pole on the passenger side door. The vehicle came to rest on the eastbound shoulder against a tree.

There were no other vehicles involved in the collision.

Few details were available as to the speed, impairment and whether Martin was wearing a seat belt. The trooper, C.J. Doty, is expected to return to work later this week. An available report was incomplete.

Thompson remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.

In July, Thompson was convicted of felony possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.

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