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2 people killed in motorcycle crash

Posted May 8, 2008
Updated May 9, 2008

— Two people were killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday evening in Johnston County.

It happened just after 8 p.m. at 3309 Jackson King Rd. in Willow Spring.

When a truck attempted to turn left into a driveway, two motorcycles coming from the opposite direction struck the vehicle. Motorcycle driver Jamal "Tommy" El-Ferkh, 24, and passenger Brittany Custer, 18, were killed.

Another driver laid down his motorcycle to avoid hitting the vehicle. Tony Lee Jr., 24, was treated for his injuries at WakeMed and released.

Troopers said they will not decide to file charges against the truck's driver, Curtis Price, 69, or anyone else until the accident has been reconstructed. A team was expected to do that within a week.


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  • imgonnaluvu2nite May 12, 2008

    i know someone who responded to this accident.
    yess, the truck may have turned in front of the motorcycles, but there is a chance that he didnt even see them coming considering HOW FAST they were going. before you start accusing people of crimes, wait until the facts come out. Let the court system make the decision.

    the families of the victims is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jh5230 May 9, 2008

    My condolences to the family and friends of these victims. They were far too young to die.

    Motorcycles are so dangerous regardless of who's at fault. The riders just aren't safe in an accident. They are not afforded the same protection as individuals driving cars. It's unfortunate, too, because they save a lot on gas and take up less space.

  • mom2threecld May 9, 2008

    i know this young woman and her family. she was just home from college. god bless them and i hope god gives them the strengh to make it thru and cope. she was a very smart, sweet girl. rest in peace

  • justly8997 May 9, 2008

    Yes, the public does need an education on being aware of motorcycles on the roadway but don't deny the fact that once again, many motorcycle riders do so carelessly and recklessly.

    I agree with this post. I was coming home from work today on 540, going about 70, a motorcycle came flying past me and whirled right in front of me to exit, it scared me to death. I was waiting to see if he would loose control.

  • mtr May 9, 2008

    Long Shanks I also have a Harley and have been riding for 40 years total.
    I have hit both front and rear many times and kept it up.
    I am not saying that you will never lay a bike down people.

    I am saying he did not decide to lay it down for those of you with some experience you will agree, it is not an easy thing to do, bikes want to stay up, some about the gyroscopic effect of the wheels (that is all sarcasm).

    I'm sure he lost control but the story reads like he did it on purpose and I'll bet dollars to pennies he did not.

    We all lose control with enough time on the seat; however you never want to intentionally lay it down and yes it is hard to do.

    When you keep rubber on the ground and the bike upright you have many options that are gone once the metal hits pavement.

    If any of you want to show me how you would lay your bike down I'll get some popcorn and come watch because it'll a heck of a show.

  • 1opinion May 9, 2008

    Are you presuming those prayers are not being made? I see no evidence here that people have not said a prayer? Are you suggesting that we have a national day of mourning and not use our computers?
    I'm not sure what you are asking for?

  • djofraleigh May 9, 2008

    Unless the bikes were greatly speeding, they had the right of way and the truck driver should be charged.

  • bebopluvsemb May 9, 2008

    Thank you Jan. I am so sad for everyone involved. I pray the young man that was injured will be ok also. Hats off to you for wanting to promote awareness but as Leo-nc stated, lets educate both the riders and car drivers. This is just a terrible tragedy..especially at Mother's Day.

  • jan May 9, 2008

    leo - Like you said earlier, we can only presume about what happened in this instance. Vehicles turning left into the paths of oncoming motorcycles continues to be a major cause of crashes which are killing many very good people like Jamahl and Brittany. Motorcycle Awareness Month used to be a reminder to motorists that many motorcycles have returned to the roads, so watch for them. I believe we need to continue that focus.

    bebopluvsemb - thank you for letting us know about your uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of Jamahl and Brittany. My thoughts and prayers are also with your uncle and family. There are only victims in this horrible tragedy.

  • shannonhoward May 9, 2008

    i wish people on here would quit arguing about who was at fault and instead take the time to pray for the families out there who lost a loved one. i did not know brittany, but i did know tommy and he will be missed dearly and i know that brittany will be too. instead of putting blame on anyone, just stop and think what these families are going through. my aunt, unlce and cousins are going through a really rough time right now with losing their nephew and cousin. my heart and prayers go out to his family as well as brittany's and my you both rest in peace. you will be missed dearly!