• Gastonia man killed in head-on collision with impaired driver, police say

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    GASTONIA, N.C. - One man died, and another was charged with driving while impaired following a head-on collision in Gastonia Saturday night.

    Authorities responded to the crash just after 10 p.m. at the intersection of Robinwood Road and Seth Court.

    Steven Lewis Ward, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Clarence Bailey III, 20, was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony hit and run, driving while impaired, provisional driving while impaired, texting while driving, no operator’s license, failure to register vehicle, possession of alcohol by a 20-year-old, consumption of an alcoholic beverage by a 20-year-old and careless and reckless driving.

    Clarence Bailey III

    Police said Ward was traveling west on Robinwood Road when his car was struck head-on by Bailey.

    Bailey was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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