‘Tireless’ volunteer dies on dark Lake Norman road

Linda Smith Secola
Linda Smith Secola Courtesy of the Secola family

A woman who friends said volunteered tirelessly for the Jimmy V Foundation and various Mooresville charities died last week when a car hit her on a dark Lake Norman road near her home.

Linda Smith Secola, 60, was walking in the roadway on Mecklynn Road when a driver hit her at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, State Highway Patrol Trooper S.T. Stevenson said. Because it was dark, the driver did not see Secola and was not charged, the trooper said.

Mecklynn Road runs parallel to Interstate 77 south of Langtree Road in southern Iredell County.

Secola was hit near where Mecklynn intersects with Cove Way. Both Secola and the driver were southbound. The driver was traveling at the posted speed limit of 45 mph, according to a State Highway Patrol wreck report.

Secola owned Encompass Healthcare Solutions in Mooresville.

She moved from Cary a little over a year ago, friends said. She volunteered with the Jimmy V Foundation and local charities including the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

“She was a force to be reckoned with, in a positive way,” friend Cindy Sisson said. “She comes into the community and just wants to give. Nothing was too big for her.”

Secola joined Trump National Golf Club Charlotte on Brawley School Road at the lake and was an avid golfer, tennis player and water skier, friends told the Observer.

She loved her Porsche and was a member of the Porsche Club of America, recently proving her driving skills at the Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds in Mountville, S.C., friends said.

Secola’s visitation is 6-9 p.m. Thursday at McCabe Brothers Funeral Home in Pittsburgh, Pa. The service will be at 8 that night at the funeral home. Burial will be on Friday at a location to be announced.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Secola’s name to the Jimmy V Foundation.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak