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Bicyclist killed in Durham hit-and-run

Posted July 8, 2013
Updated July 9, 2013

A bicyclist was killed Monday night after he was struck by a dark-colored sedan on Hillandale Road near Interstate 85 in Durham, police said.

— A 36-year-old bicyclist from Durham died at Duke Hospital Monday night after being hit by a dark-colored sedan on Hillandale Road near Interstate 85 in Durham, police said. 

According to investigators, Seth Vidal was traveling northbound in the 1700 block of Hillandale Road when he was hit from behind around 9 p.m. Vidal was taken to Duke Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Witnesses told police that the car, a late-1990s or early 2000s model, slowed quickly and swerved before hitting Vidal and continuing north on Hillandale Road. 

Hillandale Road was closed for several hours while police investigated.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • WorkingMyNerves Jul 10, 4:05 p.m.

    RIP Seth. Let's try to keep in mind that someone died and their family and friends don't want to listen to you all try to assign blame and related stupidity. How about remembering him as the man who was loving, funny, kind, smart and contributed greatly to his community. A man who loved his wife so incredibly much. My heart goes out to his wife and family and I hope they can find some solace despite this senseless death.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 10, 10:33 a.m.

    @raleighdurham said, "[bicycles] don't belong on the roads."

    Please read your NC Driver's License Manual. Wow. You couldn't be more wrong.

  • raleighdurham Jul 9, 7:46 p.m.

    @Mike Hawk - it's a sad truth that accidents happen. when a car rear-ends another car, usually no one dies. when a car rear-ends a bicycle, it can be tragic. they don't belong on the roads.

  • Backpacker Jul 9, 5:19 p.m.

    "How many people are going to have to die before laws are changed concerning cyclists?" veyor

    How many people are going to have to die before drivers are appropriately punished after hitting cyclists. It makes no sense punishing cyclists if the drivers are at fault.

  • Backpacker Jul 9, 5:10 p.m.

    "i hate seeing cyclists on the road! roads are too dangerous for bikes, period." raleighdurham

    The roads are not the problem, the drivers are! Bikes wouldn't have a problem if people would pay attention to their driving.

  • veyor Jul 9, 5:04 p.m.

    Riding a bicycle at 9pm on a major road is a statistic about to happen. How many people are going to have to die before laws are changed concerning cyclists? It's averaging about one a month now in this area.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 9, 4:46 p.m.

    Just look at a train crossing for the extremes that society goes through to get drivers' attention: reflective painted stripes in the road, large reflective signs, humongous automated arms that block the road, flashing lights, blaring bells...

    What chance does a cyclist have even with all this stuff strapped to his back?

    Some driver is still going to run him over and someone on GOLO is still going to say... "If the cyclist only had done X, he'd still be alive."

    For many people in the world, it's always someone else's fault.

  • raleighdurham Jul 9, 4:41 p.m.

    tragic and so sad...praying for his family.

    i hate seeing cyclists on the road! roads are too dangerous for bikes, period.

  • Lion Jul 9, 4:08 p.m.

    I didn't know Seth, but as a fellow cyclist who rides Durham, and was arriving to my house from a ride about ten minutes before this happened, I am deeply saddened. I was hoping the reports were going to come in this morning that he survived. It takes a very sick person to hit a cyclist or anyone for that matter and just ride off. I'll continue to ride these streets and think of the fallen soldiers who have been hit.

  • eddybal Jul 9, 4:07 p.m.

    I hope the neighborhood community that has fought successfully against road widening at that stretch will come to terms now.

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