Richard L. Peterson of Candler, NC died the following day as a result of injuries sustained from the incident. Morganton Public Safety Investigators are continuing the investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Peterson's death and will consult with the district attorney's office when the investigation is completed.
On Friday July 10th, 2020 around 2:20 pm, Morganton Public Safety responded to the area of Jamestown Road and Exit 100 Westbound off ramp for a report of a person lying in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers found a male with traumatic injuries being tended to by witnesses. Burke County EMS was also on scene and quickly transported the victim to CHS Morganton to be airlifted. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of his family. Initial information from witnesses and dash cam video suggests this may be some type of a road-rage incident that led to an assault. The other driver involved that initially fled the scene has been identified and is cooperating with law enforcement. More information will be released at a later time. If anyone witnessed this incident that did not initially speak with officers on scene, please contact Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1911.