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Authorities say business-deal-gone-wrong may have led to fatal Davidson County wreck

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A business-deal-gone-wrong may have lead to a fatal wreck in Davidson County over the weekend, according to Trooper JZ Johnson.

Robert Lee Stokes, 70, of Lexington, was killed in the wreck and Kenneth Wayne Smith, 48, of Lexington, and his teenage son were injured.

The wreck was reported at about 2:19 p.m. Saturday on Highway 8 near Wafford Road, according to Davidson County communications.

Stokes was in a 2002 PT Cruiser and Smith and his son were in a 2000 Silverado pickup truck, according to the trooper.

Johnson told FOX8 Smith was pursuing someone who allegedly bought a car from him and owes him money. At the time of the wreck, Johnson said Smith was traveling about 80 mph.

The trooper said the driver of the PT Cruiser was trying to turn from Gray Road headed north onto Highway 8 and was hit by the truck.

Smith and his son were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Their conditions have not been released.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol is consulting with the district attorney on charges in this case, Johnson said.

At this point, authorities are not releasing the name of the man Smith was reportedly pursuing because they’ve not yet interviewed that person.