Nebo woman killed in Burke County crash

First responders evaluate the scene of a wreck that killed Lisa Kirby, who was driving this car when she collided with a pickup truck Tuesday morning west of Glen Alpine.

Ryan Wilusz

MORGANTON -- A Nebo woman who was killed in a head-on collision Tuesday morning has been identified by the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Lisa Kirby, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened west of Glen Alpine on U.S. Highway 70 near Snowhill Church Road, 1st Sgt. K.B. Joines said.

Kirby was driving her 2016 Nissan passenger car west on U.S. Highway 70 when a 2002 Nissan pickup truck driven by Christopher Ogilvie, 36, of Morganton, crossed over the center line, Joines said.

The vehicles collided around 6:30 a.m., causing Kirby’s car to flip at least once, Sgt. B Sanders said. The car came to rest in a nearby yard.

Joines said that a woman at the scene was unable to find a pulse for Kirby, who likely died on impact.

Both Kirby and Ogilvie were wearing their seat belts, and airbags deployed in both vehicles. Ogilvie had internal injuries as well as injuries to his legs. He was flown to a Charlotte hospital and now is listed as stable, Sanders said.

Joines said there is no reason to believe that Ogilvie was speeding. However, he was driving with a revoked license.

Ogilvie was convicted for felonious restraint and felony speeding to elude arrest after he led McDowell officers on a chase at speeds of 90 mph in December 2016. At the time, he was wanted on drug charges out of Burke County.

Officers have not determined why Ogilvie crossed the center line Tuesday morning. Both Ogilvie’s and Kirby’s blood will be tested, Joines said.

Depending on the results of the investigation, Ogilvie’s charges could be as serious as aggravated felony death by motor vehicle, Joines said.

Both Ogilvie and Kirby were traveling alone. West End Fire Department, Glen Alpine Volunteer Fire Department, Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County EMS and Burke County REACT also responded to the scene, Joines said.

Joines said family members have been notified of Kirby's death.

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