Posted: 5:36 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Alcohol, speed factors in fatal Monroe car wreck, troopers say

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Alcohol, speed factors in fatal Monroe car wreck, troopers say

By Mark Becker

MONROE, N.C. —

A Union County man was drunk when he hit and killed a Monroe man who was on his way home Friday morning, according to North Caroling Highway Patrol troopers.

Troopers said 25-year-old Robert David Jones admitted he'd been drinking at a friend's house and was driving 80 mph on Highway 601 when he hit the pickup truck driven by 45-year-old Michael Wayne Aycoth. The truck was knocked into the median.

"It's just unfortunate -- unfortunate that something could have been avoided, but speed and alcohol played a part in this collision," said Trooper Will Winchester.

Jones is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony death by vehicle.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

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