Hickory – On Friday, September 08, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Catawba County on US 70 at 13th Street SW. The Hickory Police Department was attempting to stop a motorcycle on US 70. During the pursuit, a 2020 Hickory Police Department Ford Explorer traveling west on US 70, entered the intersection and struck a 2011 Honda Odyssey traveling south through the intersection.
The officer driving the Explorer, Atia Mohamed Shamseldin, 24, was transported by EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The passenger, Matthew Lee Wendell, 21, was also transported by EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The passenger was a Hickory Police Department applicant.
The driver of the Odyssey, Cynthia Nicole Lail, 38, of Hickory, succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Her son, Michael Lail, 12, of Hickory was transported to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital by EMS, where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, September 10.
During the on-scene investigation, the roadway was closed in the area for approximately three hours. The NC State Highway Patrol Collision Reconstruction Unit is conducting the investigation. Updates will be issued as further information becomes available.