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Bicyclist killed, driver charged in Harnett County crash

Posted July 21

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— A bicyclist was killed Thursday morning after colliding with a vehicle just north of Lillington.

Authorities said that a bicycle and a 2005 Kia SUV were both traveling north on Christian Light Road at about 8 a.m. when the driver of the Kia, Edward Shane Yarbrough, 39, of 159 Fletcher Tutor Road in Holly Springs, failed to reduce speed and struck the bicycle from behind.

The bicyclist, Daryl Dwayne Webster, 66, of 1616 Bowling Road in Fuquay-Varina, was ejected from the bicycle and died as a result of his injuries.

Yarbrough was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving with a revoked license and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.


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  • Pei Nisiniu Jul 23, 2:24 p.m.
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    This is spot on. Killing a bicyclist from behind isn't an accident, it is criminal negligence.

  • Finegan Swake Jul 22, 7:25 a.m.
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    "LILLINGTON, N.C. — A bicyclist was killed Thursday morning after colliding with a vehicle just north of Lillington."

    Do they not have editors at WRAL?

    The bicyclist was hit from behind. How is it that is reported as the bicyclist collided with the vehicle?

    Victim blaming even when the police get it right.

    Other comments seem to bemoan the fact that DWRL is the cause of this killing. John White said "Driving without a license needs to be a criminal offense." And yes it should be.

    But does no one notice that a human being was killed by this negligent driver?

    Killing another human being, especially one who is a vulnerable road user needs to be a criminal offense. It seems like the only way a killer of a person on a bicycle who is driving a motor vehicle gets charged with a felony is if they are some how intoxicated AND they leave the scene and make the police go find them. Other wise, "The driver is cooperating with police and he feels really bad about this. It was an accident."

  • Deborrah Newton Jul 21, 5:19 p.m.
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    John and Bernadette, Understand your frustration. However, although with enough offenses you will go to jail for DWLR, clearly jailable offenses do not stop certain offenders, as it is universally against the law to commit death by motor vehicle - and yet it happens. I see this as a general disregard for our fellow human beings by irresponsible or criminally distracted individuals. The sentencing judge will certainly have something to say about this death, coming on the heels of well publicized incidents earlier in the summer around here. Increased traffic is problematic; however, encourage everyone to slow down and use extra caution with bike lanes increasing slower bike/moped/etc. commuter traffic. We work hard for fairness in the court system; that said, the court system is not a substitute for common decency and empathy for your fellow man. Best, Deb Newton, Wake criminal defense attorney

  • John White Jul 21, 3:22 p.m.
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    Driving without a license needs to be a criminal offense. If you don't make the punishment serious people will continue to drive without one since all you get is a ticket that you pay then go right back out to drive again. Jail time for this offense. If this person was not driving this cyclist would still be alive!

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jul 21, 2:55 p.m.
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    How many people have to die before someone in the so called legal system does something about driving revoked