A man was charged with felony death by vehicle and other offenses as a result of a wreck that caused the death of a passenger on the motorcycle he was operating Friday night on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro.

The Wilkesboro Police Department also charged Steven Ray Shrewsbury, 55, of Sebastian Lane, Statesville, with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and failure to maintain lane control.

Wilkesboro Officer D.B. Wyatt reported that Shrewsbury was operating a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on U.S. 421 and approaching a curve just before the N.C. 16 off-ramp when he wrecked, resulting in the death of Lisa Anne Stewart, 48, of 203 Lakeland Drive, Mooresville.

Stewart was sitting behind Shrewsbury on the 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when the motorcycle ran off the left side of U.S. 421 and Shrewsbury lost control, causing the motorcycle to end up on its side while going about 60 mph, said Wyatt. The wreck happened about 8 p.m.

The officer said Stewart was thrown about 129 feet and struck the guardrail. Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported her to Wilkes Medical Center. From there she was flown by AirCare helicopter to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where she died. 

Wyatt said it was unknown where Shrewsbury came to rest after he was thrown from the motorcycle. Wilkes EMS also took him to Wilkes Medical Center. He later was released from the Wilkes County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

Wyatt said the motorcycle, traveling about 60 mph at the time of the crash, came to rest 197 feet from the area of impact and 500 feet from where it first ran off the road. 

The investigation, including consultation with District Attorney Tom Horner’s office, is continuing, said Assistant Police Chief Tommy Rhodes. The motorcycle had about $5,000 in damage.

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