Morganton man dies in single-vehicle wreck

A Burke County man was killed Saturday morning when his car went off the road and struck a tree, Morganton police said.

The crash was reported shortly before 5:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Reep Drive. That is in the western part of the city, near Glen Alpine and north of Interstate 40.

Police said William Heath Lathrop, 29, of Morganton, was driving a 2001 Pontiac that went off the right side of the road and then veered across the left side of the road after Lathrop apparently over-corrected. The Pontiac then went back across the right side of the road and struck a tree about 10 feet off the pavement.

Police said Lathrop died at the scene, and they said speed apparently was a factor in the crash. Lathrop apparently was alone in the vehicle.