Man facing charges after retired Gaston County assistant chief killed in crash

Man facing charges after retired Gaston County assistant chief killed in crash
(WSOC)

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A man is facing charges after a retired Gaston County assistant police chief was killed in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. on North Carolina 150, east of Ivey Church Road.

The driver of a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, 52-year-old Gary Ewing, crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another car, which was being driven by 67-year-old Billy Lytton Jr.

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June 27, 2020 With great sympathy, we would like to inform you that retired Assistant Chief Billy Lytton passed away...

Posted by Gaston County Police on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Lytton was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman who was inside Lytton’s car was flown to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with serious injuries, but she has not been identified.

Authorities said Lytton was the Chief of Campus Police and Security at Gaston College. Before that, he served in the Gaston County Police Department as assistant chief for over 30 years.

The Gaston County Police Department posted a statement to their Facebook page asking that Lytton’s family be kept in thoughts and prayers.

“With great sympathy, we would like to inform you that retired Assistant Chief Billy Lytton passed away today as the result of a vehicle crash in Lincoln County. Please keep his family in your thought and prayers. We will post arrangements when they become available.”

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Ewing was injured in the crash and was also taken to CMC in Charlotte.

Authorities said drug impairment is believed to have been a factor in the collision and charges are pending.

No further information was released.