Driver dies in wreck involving Catawba County Sheriff's deputy

A Hickory man was killed in a two car crash early Wednesday morning involving a Catawba County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle.

The wreck happened about 1:14 a.m. at the intersection of McDonald Parkway and 12th Ave Drive NE. According to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the driver of a 2003 Honda Civic was heading west on 12 Ave Drive. The deputy was traveling north on McDonald Parkway.

The Honda ran off the roadway and collided with a fence. The patrol vehicle came to rest on McDonald Parkway, according to NCSHP.

The driver of the Honda, Hernan Cortez, 27, of Hickory was pronounced dead at the scene.  The deputy was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released.  

There were no other passengers.