A volunteer firefighter died in a wreck in Statesville on Saturday.
Jackie Cheeks, 51, died after he was thrown from his motorcycle when a pickup truck turned into his path, the State Highway Patrol said.
The wreck happened at about 1 p.m. on Old Mocksville Highway at Swann Road.
Troopers said the pickup’s driver, John Marlowe, was turning left and failed to yield. Marlowe was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
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Cheeks was a volunteer firefighter with Sheffield-Calahaln Volunteer Fire Department in nearby Cleveland, Rowan County.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we send this out to you to let you know we lost one of own today,” the fire department posted on Facebook. “Jackie Cheeks was in a fatal head on collision this afternoon while riding his motorcycle. Please keep Lori, Brandon and their families in your prayers.”
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