NC pastor and his dog die in one-vehicle crash


CLEMMONS, N.C. (WSPA/WNCN) – A North Carolina pastor was killed in a crash Thursday in Hickory.

Clemmons First Baptist Church Pastor Scott Hammett Jr., 59, died after his car left the road and hit a utility pole in the Catawba County town.

Hammett and his dog named “Sherlock” were the only ones in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The Gaffney Ledger reported that Hammett had ties to Gaffney and Cherokee County, South Carolina.

Hammett is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, his obituary said.

“Lift up Melissa and the family as they endure this tragic passing,” the church wrote in part of a social media post referring to Hammett’s wife. 

According to his obituary in the Gaffney Ledger, Hammett formerly served as minister of Buford Street United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Gaffney, First Baptist Church of Blacksburg and Spartanburg Community Church. 

WFMY reported Hammett was wearing his seat belt. 

Although this case is still under investigation, troopers are considering the possibility of a medical condition as a contributing circumstance to the deadly crash, according to WFMY. 

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