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Driver in fatal Faith Road crash identified as Bobby Gene Hooks

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police have identified the driver of a pickup who was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Jake Alexander Boulevard and Faith Road. Police say 70-year-old Bobby Gene Hooks was thrown from his Ford F-150. A Rowan Sheriff’s deputy who came upon the scene tried to revive Hooks, but was unsuccessful.

Police have said the driver of a service truck for James River Equipment, Andrew Robert Culp, said he was traveling south on Jake Alexander Boulevard and the light was green. Culp, of Gold Hill, said he applied the brakes, but wasn’t able to stop in time. Culp and his passenger, Larry Clifford Shaver Jr. of Richfield, said they tried to avoid the crash. Both said the driver of the Ford continued through the intersection.

The service truck struck a utility pole and Duke Energy was called to cut power so Culp and Shaver could get out safely. Neither Culp nor Shaver had any injuries. Hooks’ truck hit a stop sign and came to rest in front of Thrivent Financial. The crash occurred around 2:20 p.m.

Police continue to investigate and are asking if anyone saw the crash to please contact Master Police Officer Matt Benjamin at 704-638-5333.

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