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Bicyclist faces long recovery after injuries in Ironman crash

Posted June 2, 2014

— It will be a couple more days before doctors can diagnose the full extent of the injuries Jon Segerstrom suffered when he hit an SUV stopped in the middle of the road during Sunday's Ironman 70.3 race.

According to the state Highway Patrol, Segerstrom, of Raleigh, was competing in the bicycle leg of the triathlon at about 9:15 a.m. on New Hill Holleman Road in New Hill when Sheila Morrison tried to pass the Ironman bicyclists on a double yellow line, which is illegal. Traffic officers and contestants told her to slow down. Instead, she stopped suddenly in the middle of the road near Shearon Harris Road.

Segerstrom was taken to WakeMed with cuts to his face and several missing teeth. He also complained of injuries to his back and neck, troopers said, but doctors want to wait for the swelling to go down to determine if he has any broken bones. He was out of the hospital by Sunday night with his jaw wired shut and unable to speak, troopers said.

Morrison was charged with careless and reckless driving and failing to obey a traffic officer.


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  • canamsteph Jun 3, 2014

    These comments have become less about the incident on Sunday and more about cyclists being on the roads. Fair enough, this is a good discussion. Let's be clear, the LAW states that cyclists have a right to be on the road. If someone doesn't like that then I suggest they take it up with the law makers and not take it out on cyclists. In regards to the statement about narrow, curvy country roads. I agree, they can be dangerous however, there are more than just cyclists to look out for on said roads. It is in every driver's best interest to be alert and drive defensively because one never knows what might be around the corner. While out riding I actually got stuck behind a tractor and on another occasion I witnessed a tree fall on a power line and knock it into the road. Just be careful, be kind and respect the law!!

  • dountoothers Jun 3, 2014

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    Of course it does, but my point is that it is not safe the way it is set up. A 55 mph speed limit on a narrow, curvy road with no bike lanes + a lot of bikes is a recipe for disaster. We own bikes and enjoy biking, but we wouldn't even consider biking on these roads because we know how dangerous it is. Knowing the road also belongs to you won't provide you with much comfort if an SUV takes you out on a blind curve.

  • LetsBeFair Jun 3, 2014

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    The Road ALSO belongs to cyclists, the Road is NOT only for cars.

  • dountoothers Jun 3, 2014

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    Sorry, I know that last post wasn't specific to the race, but bikers are a problem here in general. When we found out about the race, we planned to stay home all morning to avoid it. It's bad enough on a normal day, but would have been unbearable during a huge race. I agree that they probably should have closed the road to regular traffic while the bikes were coming through.

  • dountoothers Jun 3, 2014

    I live in the area where this occurred, and I can tell you it's a bad situation. These roads are narrow, curvy, have 55 mph speed limits, and have no bike lanes. If you're going the speed limit and come up on a biker in a curve, it's hard to get slowed down. Of course, it should be easy to deal with a race, where you have officials and advance notice, but on an everyday basis, it's tough. I'm surprised there aren't more accidents involving bikes in this area. As a motorist, I worry constantly about the other motorists who don't realize they can't just pass at normal speed whenever they come up on a bike. It's scary when you come around a curve to find a car in your lane that's passing a bike because they're too impatient (or ill-informed) to wait for a clearing to do so. I've passed many bikes on a double-yellow line, but only when I can see clearly that there are no other vehicles approaching.

  • EricaSliver Jun 3, 2014

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    Well said! Especially about people being tolerant of others when their dreams/goals are different than yours. Thank You!

  • GoGreen Jun 3, 2014

    Just to clarify one bit of mis-information, I ride with toe clips and cages exclusively. Neither impairs my ability to stop quickly or safely. They do not in any manner affect stopping ability. If you ride with your feet tied to your pedals and it affects your ability to be safe, you should probably stop doing that.

  • Classified Jun 3, 2014

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    I agree. Between taxes on three vehicles and taxes on gas I pay my fair share to use the road in any way that's legal. I've seen comments suggesting cyclist need to register their bikes and pay taxes on them. A bicycle creates no appreciable wear & tear on the road so that premise is childish. People just need to realize that bikes are not going away and figure out a way to deal with it like rational adults.

  • whatmattersmost Jun 3, 2014

    My heart goes out to this cyclist. The driver does seem to be at fault here. HOWEVER, bicyclists do not belong on roads intended for cars. I pay taxes to drive my car on the roads. I pay more taxes to drive my other car on the road. I have to register my vehicle in order to legally drive on the road I pay for. If I am going to slow I can be charged with impeding the flow of traffic. I live on a two lane country road which sees a lot of traffic during the drive home, which is when cyclists seem to think they should ride. There IS NO SAFE PLACE TO PASS! Make a bike lane, go to a park, but get off the roads!

  • canamsteph Jun 3, 2014

    Common Tater... I don't think anyone is too concerned with the fact that the woman was trying to pass... No one was telling her not to pass, they were telling her to slow down. The problem in this case is that rather than try to pass at a slower speed, she turned right, cut of the lane of bike traffic and did it so abruptly, that she caused Jon, an NC tax payer and resident, to slam into the side of her car. Regardless of your views on cyclists and cars sharing the same road, the law states that we can. As drivers there are lots of things that slow us down or "inconvenience us", a school bus dropping off/picking up kids, a driver who wants to turn left across opposing traffic, road construction, weather... and the list goes on. Let's just all be happy that we live in a country where people can follow their dreams and try to be tolerant when these dreams/goals are different than yours.