Fisherman with ENC roots dies in Maryland car crash

    Fisherman with ENC roots dies in Maryland car crash (Photo courtesy of Joey Hathaway, father)

    A beloved fisherman with Eastern North Carolina ties died on Saturday. How he died has left many people puzzled and questions unanswered.

    Maryland State Police are investigating after 36-year-old William Hathaway was killed in a traffic crash.

    WMDT reports Hathaway died after he swerved into a ditch in the area of Old Ocean City Road in Salisbury, Maryland. Police responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. where they found Hathaway not breathing and slumped over the center console of his car.

    Police said Hathaway was on the phone with his wife when someone pulled out in front him, forcing him to swerve into a ditch. According to Hathaway's wife, Mary, she heard William telling eyewitnesses he was okay. His injuries do not appear to be consistent with the minimal damage to his vehicle, according to authorities.

    The ENC native, with deep ties to Kinston and Morehead City, was an avid deep-sea fisherman. Hathaway was featured on a National Geographic show, "Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks," and he was best known to crew members as "Willbilly" on the Foolish Pleasure.

    William Hathaway is survived by his infant daughter, Molly, and wife. A fundraiser has been set up to help them "stay on their feet while trying to survive this tragedy." CLICK HERE if you would like to donate.

    The crash remains under investigation.

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