The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 18, 2013

Two men die after New London accident

By B.J. Drye, Editor

Monday, November 18, 2013 — Two Stanly County men have died following an accident late last week.

N.C. Highway Patrol reports that Barney Dean Edwards, 55, of New London, died Sunday night at Carolinas Medical Center-Main, and his passenger, Thomas Lee Simpson, 68, of Richfield, died upon impact following a wreck early Friday morning near New London.

Highway Patrol reports indicate Edwards was driving a 1999 Chevy Tahoe on N.C. 740 north of Moss Lane shortly before 5:30 a.m. The Tahoe ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line, ran off to the left and struck a ditch before overturning and striking a utility pole. The vehicle came to rest on its top, according to patrol reports.

Highway Patrol reports that no other vehicles were involved, but excessive speed was a factor. Officials are awaiting toxicology reports.