The Wilson Times

Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:00 AM

Businessman dies in crash
Carlton Hinchey remembered as family man, outdoorsman, friend

By Corey Friedman | Times Online Editor

A Wilson businessman died when he was thrown off his motorcycle in an early morning crash, state troopers said Friday.

Carlton Eliot Hinchey, 38, of 4439 Saddle Run Road, was killed when his 1998 Suzuki sport bike ran off the road and hit a ditch outside Elm City, said Trooper Jason Edwards of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Relatives and friends remember Hinchey, the vice president and co-owner of Rental Property Management Inc., as a hardworking and fun-loving man and a devoted dad to his 13-year-old son, Braxton.

"He had a big heart,” said his father, Carl Hinchey. "He liked to help people. He’d always listen to their problems.”

Carlton Hinchey was driving south on the 5100 block of London Church Road near Elm City and ran off the road when it took a slight curve to the right, Edwards said. Hinchey’s motorcycle overturned in the ditch and pitched him into the air.

Troopers were called to the scene at 6:31 a.m. Friday, Edwards said. Hinchey had died of internal injuries before paramedics arrived.

Edwards said the motorcycle was traveling at or near the 55 mph posted speed limit and there was no indication of alcohol or drug impairment at the scene. Toxicology tests are conducted on victims of fatal crashes as standard procedure.

The crash happened about four-tenths of a mile south of Williams Chapel Road, Edwards said. No other vehicles were involved.

Friends and family members sat on folding chairs in the garage of Hinchey’s home in the Charleston Place neighborhood near Lake Wilson Friday afternoon.

"He was like a brother to me,” said Bryan Edwards, who grew up with Hinchey and his sister. "He was like a brother to a lot of people. I’ve known him all my life.”

Friends described Hinchey as an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking trips to Lake Gaston and riding motorcycles and personal watercraft.

"He was a very selfless person,” Edwards said.

Hinchey worked as a real estate property manager and had previously sold Jet Skis and motorcycles. Corporate filings with the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State list him as the vice president and principal registered agent of Wilson-based Rental Property Management Inc., a business he ran with his father.

Hinchey and his friends enjoyed a close relationship with his family.

"He has exceptional parents,” Edwards said. "His family’s love is like an unconditional love that your dog would give you. He was a very loved person.”

Longtime friend Blake Eatmon said Hinchey loved spending time at Lake Gaston and always extended a listening ear and a helping hand to his friends.

"He’d pretty much go to the ends of the earth for anybody,” Eatmon said. "That pretty much sums it up.”

Carl Hinchey said he was touched by the outpouring of love and support.

"You really never know how many friends you have until you die,” he said.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at Hinchey’s home. Hinchey’s remains will be cremated and memorial arrangements are private. | 265-7821

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