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Cyclist killed in U.S. 301 wreck

Posted July 31, 2009
Updated August 1, 2009

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— A bicyclist was killed Thursday night in a collision with a vehicle in Johnston County, authorities said.

The wreck occurred at 8:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 301 near Bay Valley Road, south of Kenly, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Edward Watson, 52, of Kenly. The driver's name was not released.

The accident remains under investigation, and no charges had been filed as of Saturday morning.

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  • Rolling Along Jul 31, 2009

    The last time I checked cars and their drivers kill over 40,000 people a year. Maybe they are the problem?

  • JKA07 Jul 31, 2009

    "To make sweeping statements about what all cyclists should or should not do based on isolated factually incomplete incidents is stupid"..."I would guess that the bike rider is not really a "cyclist" but in fact a pedestrian riding a bike, probably in an unsafe manner."
    Norskagent-should you make those type of comments following your comment on being making stupid comments??? You all amaze me. Regardless someone lost their life, God bless the family suffering the lose.

  • Desiderata Jul 31, 2009

    Yep..another "car vs bike" and we can guess who "won"..so sad..This state does not have roads that are made to allow bike riders to travel with cars,, as some other states do (Colorado has bike lanes along side the road to allow both to travel safely)..Maybe all you bike riders should RELOCATE and they we ALL could be happy! PS..Weekend bike riders over by Jordan lake/Pea RIdge SUCK! A pack of them will not move over and actually rode in the middle of the road so my horsetrailer could not get around....it would have been fun to play "bowling for bikers' even if it was just once..in my thoughts at least....THANK GOD I MOVED AWAY!

  • norskagent Jul 31, 2009

    The facts regarding this accident have not yet been made public.
    To make sweeping statements about what all cyclists should or should not do based on isolated factually incomplete incidents is stupid. The majority of cyclists manage to ride day in and day out without incident or inconvenience to car drivers. Based on what little we know about this accident, I would guess that the bike rider is not really a "cyclist" but in fact a pedestrian riding a bike, probably in an unsafe manner.

  • veyor Jul 31, 2009

    Unless you want to pull off the road when a car approaches, DO NOT RIDE A BICYCLE ON A PUBLIC ROAD!!! How many people are going to have to die to get this figured out?

  • pmck Jul 31, 2009

    The 2 lane roads haven't been scenic country roads for over a decade. I'm sorry but bicycles don't belong on heavily (over-used) trafficked highways. 99% of bicyclists don't observe traffic laws - they run redlights and stop signs more often than they obey them. And they don't pay road use taxes or have insurance to cover accidents they cause. I know it's not a politically correct comment. I am deeply sorry for the loss this family is suffering - and for everyone involved. It's a senseless tragedy - one easily avoided if people would use common sense about where and when they ride.

  • Rolling Along Jul 31, 2009

    In NC bikes that are ridden at night are required to have a headlight that is visible for 300 feet and a rear reflector or tail light that is visible for 200 feet at night. That is all. FWIW many of us that do ride at night greatly exceed this requirement.

  • rmd Jul 31, 2009

    Sorry to the family of the person who lost their life. But I do want to comment that out in the country in Apex, we have a big problem with large groups of bikes. It is a real pain in the rump to try and get around them on a 2 lane rode that has a lot of curves. Also if you come up to a stop sign with them, you have to wait for all of them to go and then you have to pass them on another rode.

  • jkca Jul 31, 2009

    Most of the cyclists I have seen riding at night are on bikes that look like they've been pulled out of the recycling pile and the riders are facing the traffic.

  • walkshome1234 Jul 31, 2009

    even pros get killed and hurt. Sorry for the person's family, and the person that killed him, but should not be driving at tha time like that.

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