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Man dies in crash near LRU

September 29, 2010

A man died Wednesday after police said he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle.
Vasile Simonca, 55, was traveling south on Eighth Street NE at Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck about 6:50 a.m.
According to Hickory Police, Simonca, who recently moved to Hickory from Colorado, failed to stop at a red traffic signal and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on Eighth Street NE, which was driven by Robert Jenkins, 54, of Hickory.
Simonca's vehicle sustained damage to the front end, and Jenkins' vehicle was damaged in the left front.
The drivers of the vehicles were the only passengers in the cars at the time of the crash.
Simonca and Jenkins were transported to Frye Regional Medical Center. Simonca was pronounced dead at the hospital, and Jenkins' injuries were non life-threatening.
Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, and Hickory Police Lt. Jeff Young said no charges will be filed because it appears Simonca was at fault.

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