Second cyclist dies after Chapel Hill hit and run
Posted September 23, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A second bike rider has died after being struck near Chapel Hill last week.
UNC Hospitals spokesman Tom Hughes said 40-year-old Alexandra Nicole Simou of Carrboro died Sunday from injuries suffered.
Simou and 41-year-old Ivin Levander Scurlock of Carrboro were riding their bikes south on U.S. Highway 15/501 at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday just south of Chapel Hill when they were hit from behind.
Scurlock died at the scene.
Family and friends of Simou and Sculock placed a "ghost bike" at the scene as part of a memorial to them. An "RIP Ivin" sign was attached to the bike, and Simou's mother wrote a message to her on the bike seat.
One woman who didn't know the couple stopped by to leave flowers at the memorial.
"I feel like I need to do something," Rebekkah Cotes said. "I didn't even know the people, but that doesn't really matter. It's just heartbreaking when folks are (killed) just out riding along minding their own business."
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still looking for the car that hit the riders. Troopers said they think the sedan has front-end and windshield damage.