Family mourns loss after Catawba County fatal accident



CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - The Friday morning accident on Herter Road near Maiden was less than a mile from another fatal accident in June.

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said speed was a factor in the fatal accident Friday morning. Troopers said David Bivens was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Investigators believed he lost control when he went off the road and overcorrected, causing the truck to flip several times.

Neighbor Joy Franckhauser and her husband woke up after hearing the noise.

"I heard a loud boom. Thought it was thunder. My husband came outside and heard someone hollering for David," she said.

Bivens' nephew, Dusty Valko, put up a cross along the roadway.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back. Do anything to help you. He was a good guy," Valko said.

The crash is walking distance from a second accident scene where Roy Gwyn died in June.

Family members say Gwyn dated Bivens' sister. Valko and his friends passed the first accident scene before putting up the cross today.

"It's a shock it is hard to take in. It's not really sinking in yet," said friend Bradley McDonald.

It may be too early for family members to make sense of why the accidents that involved loved ones happened so close to each other.

"It was their time to go or God wouldn't have took them," Valko said.

A second person who was in the truck was not seriously hurt in the accident.