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Wreck victim loved lakefront living

Wesley Worden, a Mooresville art-gallery owner who was killed Thursday by a driver police say was highly intoxicated, loved boating, swimming and jet-skiing on Lake Norman, a next-door neighbor said today.

Worden died after Tim Kohuth, a former NASCAR pit crew chief, lost control of the tow truck he was driving and hit Worden's SUV on Brawley School Road. Kohuth has been charged with second-degree murder; police say his alcohol level was 0.43 percent, more than five times the legal limit of 0.8 percent.

Worden's wife, Gail, remains in serious condition at Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, recovering from injuries sustained in the wreck.

“They were always together. I worry about her,” said neighbor Mary Jean Easom.

The Wordens were among the first residents of The Harbor neighborhood on Lake Norman, Easom said. They ran Oils Unlimited, a gallery at Brawley Commons shopping center.

Worden was in his early 70s. He kept an immaculate yard and spent much of his time on the water, Easom said. “They were just so much fun, and so much fun together,” she said. “They were just a great couple and great neighbors.”

Easom said in addition to the SUV, the Wordens had a yellow convertible and a Hummer. “I wish they would have taken the Hummer that day.”

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