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Second cyclist dies after Chapel Hill hit and run

Posted September 23, 2013

— 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.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 27, 2013

    workingforthosethatwont said, “sorry for the accident but riding at that time of night only asks for trouble.”

    Yeah, even though the car was using the road legally, it should not have been out at night. Wait...what?

    Seriously, bicycles have the same rights to the road as cars. If you don’t believe this (and don’t take my word for it), please don’t drive your car until you read & understand this – it will surely save you some gray hairs. Good place to start: http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/lawspolicies/laws/ Thank you. :-)

  • Alexia.1 Sep 24, 2013

    "That the only crimes in any of this were committed by the car driver, not the cyclists. ... As for changing anything, it needs to be addressed through car drivers and legislation, not cyclists. ... construction of bike lanes..." --jackflash123

    You're right that the cyclists were in the right. But, we do not need more legislation for cars. We already have it. The driver violated the law. Create a new one, and that will be violated, too.

    So the driver committed a felony. The cyclists are dead.

    How do we fix this? I'd suggest it is wise to not ride a bike with big trucks, cars, SUVs, etc.

    Construction of bike lanes might help a little, but all existing lanes are either a part of the existing road or too close to the traffic. It would be better to move bikes to sidewalks and make sidewalks larger.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Sep 24, 2013

    Maybe someone should wise up and finally figure this out,

    BIKES DO NOT BELONG ON THE SAME ROADS AS CARS.

  • nextapprentice1 Sep 24, 2013

    This was a very horrific crime but addressing this issue through a multiplicity of drivers is virtually impossible. The reality is there are new drivers, texting teens, drunk drivers, revoked licenses, etc. out there. In a Utopian society, we all follow rules but that'll never be the case. Majority of these cases involve recreational or sport biking. Biking has to be regulated because drivers are already regulated. Biking at night and on highways are common denominators in all of these tragic accidents; Red hat developer, Apex walker, to the two this week. I feel so sad reading these stories and all seem so similar.

  • jackflash123 Sep 24, 2013

    "People can quibble over the common sense of bicyclists being out on a major road in the middle of the night - but hitting them with a car and not stopping is simply inexcusable and a terrible crime."

    When we do choose to question the cyclists' choices, I think we get distracted from that last bit, which is the #1 thing we should all focus on: That the only crimes in any of this were committed by the car driver, not the cyclists.

    As for changing anything, it needs to be addressed through car drivers and legislation, not cyclists. Until our cars are all running on solar power and dandelion fluff, we're going to see increasing reliance on bikes. Investing in the construction of bike lanes, driver education, etc, is worth it.

  • nextapprentice1 Sep 24, 2013

    So much sorrow for this biker and others. What kind of person hits another and leaves with no regard? So sad!! We have to push for more biking regulation. School buses already have a difficult time driving 45 mph on the highway, what chance does a biker have? Highways and major roads are for cars and when the flow of traffic is disrupted accidents happen. With all due respect, I was told as a child to stay out of the street when biking. Bikers may be safer being allowed to ride on sidewalks. Bikers, Please stick to daytime hours!! I notice so many bikers on the weekends during club hours, drunk drivers and bikers don't compliment each other. Regulation is key to preventing anymore of these horrific stories.

  • kendradad Sep 23, 2013

    Very sad for these bikers. However, bikes don't belong on major roads at any time. Saw another accident today just north of Durant Rd on Falls of the Neuse Rd. You couldn't pay me enough to get on a bike on a road like that. Yes, you have the right to do so, it's just not smart on any level.

  • HopeSomeoneHoldsYouTooOneDay Sep 23, 2013

    @workingforthosethatwont:
    Driving any vehicle, at any time of day, 24/7 is potentially perilous. As humans, with our various modes of transportation, we are entrusting our lives to one another, hoping that everyone around us is negotiating space with care and awareness.
    Sometimes things go horribly wrong. Were this you in your car, involved in a terrible accident, I hope for you that someone kind would pull over to help you, to comfort you even if you weren't going to make it, and wouldn't blame you later on for someone else's mistake.

  • westernwake1 Sep 23, 2013

    People can quibble over the common sense of bicyclists being out on a major road in the middle of the night - but hitting them with a car and not stopping is simply inexcusable and a terrible crime.

  • sophiemom Sep 23, 2013

    That is so sad . . .prayers to the family.

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