NC man dies searching for his dog that ran away because of loud fireworks

WHITSETT, NC (WFMY) — As America celebrated the Fourth of July, Debby Flores mourned the loss of her best friend and roommate.

“I’ve known Joey all his life,” Flores said. “Joey was just a loving, caring and kind soul.”

Highway Patrol says 52-year-old Joey Barley veered off Mount Hope Church Road in Whitsett, hit a tree and died on Saturday around 7:30 p.m.

Troopers said speed and not wearing a seatbelt were the primary contributing factors to the single-vehicle crash.

“I’m going to miss him every day,” Flores said tearfully. “Him coming home, our conversations, our laughing, you know he was my best friend and he’ll never be replaced in my heart.”

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