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Chapel Hill Motorcyclist Killed in Crash

Posted September 5, 2007

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— A Chapel Hill woman died Wednesday afternoon when her motorcycle hit a car on N.C. Highway 54 near Parkridge Road, police said.

The driver of the motorcycle, Giuseppina Maria Finazzo, 22, of Chapel Hill, was traveling east on N.C. 54 at about 3 p.m. when she lost control of the it, police said.

The motorcycle crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a westbound 2005 Honda Accord driven by Jasmine Schwartz, 37, of Durham.

Finazzo was pronounced dead at the scene. Several people stopped and attempted to provide medical assistance.

Finazzo was wearing a helmet, according to investigators. Schwartz was not injured.

No charges had been filed. The accident slowed traffic on N.C. 54 for more than two hours.

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