The NC Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal car crash reported around 9:30pm Friday.
The single vehicle accident happened on City Road just outside the Clayton city limits.
A blue Toyota Camry rental car, owned by Enterprise, was traveling northbound on City Road when the driver, 47 year-old Patrick DuBois of Clayton, lost control in a curve, went off the roadway to the right, over corrected then slammed into a tree on the left side of the roadway.
DuBois was the only occupant in the car. He died at the scene.
DuBois lived less than a mile from the accident scene. He was headed to his home with the crash occurred.
The Clayton Fire Department and Johnston County EMS responded to the scene. Clayton Police assisted with traffic control. Photos by John Payne