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Hickory man charged in fatal 321 crash

September 28, 2011

Alcohol was involved in a Sunday crash on U.S. 321 that killed a woman, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Tyler Harold Shull, 27, of Hickory, is charged with driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle after a crash that killed 21-year-old Jessica Justice of Stanley.

Shull, with Justice in the passenger seat, was driving his 2008 Volkswagen Passat north on 321 when he hit a 1996 Jeep SUV driven by Brooke Nicole Shipman of Clyde.

"The Passat was traveling at a high rate of speed, may have been changing lanes or merging and struck the left rear corner of the Jeep SUV," said Sgt. B.E. Hipp of the highway patrol. "Both vehicles traveled off the right shoulder, overturned several times, the Jeep came to rest on its top and the Passat came to rest on the shoulder."
The collision happened just after 7 p.m.

Hipp said Justice flew from the Passat and died at the scene, near the U.S. 321 exit at N.C. 10.

Shull was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center and released.

"On Shull, a blood test was taken and those results are pending," Hipp said. "They will tell us an alcohol concentration."

Hipp said those results should be available in the next several months.

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