Man charged in connection with fatal motorcycle crash

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HICKORY, N.C. —

Police charged a man on Tuesday who is accused of hitting and killing a motorcycle rider on Sunday.

Police said the driver told them he had taken numerous doses of four different prescription drugs.

"I'm really, really sorry,” Henry Carroll Jr. said.

Carroll apologized for what happened along 16th Street Northeast in Hickory.  He said he has slept very little since the crash Sunday night, in which Dennis Dorrier was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle.

According to a search warrant Eyewitness News obtained Tuesday, police said they smelled alcohol on his breath and Carroll admitted to taking numerous doses of prescription medication the night of the crash. 

“I blowed on that machine and it came up zero,” Carroll said.

“What about prescription medication?” Eyewitness News asked.

“I've been taking that for 20 years and I've never had an accident or ticket,” he said.

“Could that have been it?” Eyewitness News asked.

“No,” he said.

But according to the search warrant, police believe Carroll was impaired at the time of the wreck.

Friends of Dorrier gathered outside his home in Hickory Tuesday afternoon. Candy Hall shared a photo of her longtime boyfriend with Eyewitness News.

“One minute your life is fine. The next everything is upside down,” Hall said. “I want answers, but it is not going to bring Dennis back.”