Driver Killed In Church Parking Lot Wreck

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A 20 year old was killed when he hit a utility pole in the parking lot of a church outside of Richlands in Onslow County.

The Highway Patrol says John Sides of Jacksonville was killed late Thursday night in the parking lot of the Bible Church Ministries on Bannermans Mill Rd. outside of Richlands. Troopers say Sides lost control on the gravel in the parking lot and hit a utility pole at approximately 40 miles per hour.

Sides was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially thrown from his car, according to the Highway Patrol. Troopers also suspect Sides of drinking.

The wreck was reported at 11:42 p.m. Thursday.

Troopers are still investigating the fatal crash.