Hickory Man in Court Charged with Felony Death by Vehicle

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Hit and Run Fatality

Hickory – On Saturday, February 10, 2018 at approximately 8:30A.M., Hickory Police responded to the 3100 block of Hwy 70 SE reference a hit and run crash with injuries. Once on the scene, the driver of the vehicle, Charles Thomas Shook Jr., 58 of Newton was pronounced deceased by Catawba County EMS.


The suspect vehicle and driver were located nearby. The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Blain Bumgarner, 55 of Catawba County. Bumgarner was arrested and charged with Felony Death by Motor Vehicle, Driving While Impaired, and additional traffic violations. Bumgarner received a $30,000 secured bond and is being detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility.



Bumgarner has a record of dwi charges according to court records. In 1987, Bumgarner was convicted of DWI. In 1988, Bumgarner pleaded guilty to reckless driving to endanger, the original charge was dwi.. In 1993, Bumgarner was convicted of Level 2 DWI.

On Monday, Feb 12, 2018. Bumgarner had a court appearance charged with one felony count of death by motor vehicle, one felony count of driving while impaired, one misdemeanor count of failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and one misdemeanor count of hit and run.


*Editor's Note: A criminal charge is an accusation, by law, a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven in a court of law.

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