Troopers investigating fatal crash in Lincoln County

North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to reports of a fatal crash Wednesday night in Lincoln County. 

23-year-old Jeremiah Adkins was driving eastbound on Highway 27, also known as Shoal Road, when he lost control of his car and hit a tree.

Adkins was killed instantly, according to highway patrol. After Adkins' car hit the tree it rolled into a pond.

Firefighters were able to get Adkins and the passenger, 25-year-old Demarius Hopper out of the car.

Troopers say Hopper was taken to CMC Main and is in critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities believe speed was a factor.