18-year-old dies in Davidson Co. wreck

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — An 18-year-old has died after a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning in Davidson County.

Michael John Lyles of West Lexington Avenue died at 4:26 a.m. at High Point Regional Hospital.

He was the driver in a wreck on Wallburg-High Point Road between Browntown and Curry roads at 2:37 a.m., according to Pam Kearns, a spokeswoman with the N.C. Highway Patrol.

It was reported that Lyles was driving a 2002 Buick passenger vehicle, traveling east on Wallburg-High Point Road when his vehicle ran off the right shoulder, overcorrected and went left of center before going off the left side of the road.

The car struck a ditch and continued off the roadway and struck several trees.

Lyles, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and came to rest on the left shoulder. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

The investigation is continuing, but troopers say speed was a factor in the crash. Lyles’ estimated original travel speed was 70 miles per hour and speed at impact was 55 mph. The speed limit where the accident occurred is 55 mph.

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