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Cyclists, victims of alleged drunk driver, remain hospitalized

Posted August 20, 2008
Updated August 28, 2008

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— The two bicyclists hit by a pickup truck Monday night near Knightdale are still being treated at WakeMed.

Andrea Amezcua and Justin Gailey were struck from behind as they rode along Rolesville Road near its intersection with Todd Road.

Amezcua was listed in fair condition Wednesday evening; Gailey was in good condition.

Jeffrey Lynn Price, 6708 Bethany Church Road in Wendell, was charged with driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license because of a prior DWI and failure to decrease speed to avoid a collision, authorities said.

Price was arrested at his home a short time after the wreck.

State Highway Patrol troopers haven't decided whether to charge him with hit-and-run as well.

Price was released from the Wake County Jail on custody release. His court date is set for Sept. 17.

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  • dantan Aug 22, 2008

    PLEASE, show some respect for the families involved. One of the cyclists is very seriously injured-- "fair condition" doesn't do justice to the actual severity of injury. They have families who are in anguish and would appreciate some sensitivity and respect.

    The brief mention in the news of this tragedy does not fully describe it. Lack of details in a news article doesn't mean everything is fine.

    Please, restraint would be appreciated by those who are close to these people. I'm sure there are more appropriate forums for discussions about cyclists and roadways.

    Thank you.

  • rtpdude Aug 21, 2008

    @OpinionOnEverything:

    So if you come across a pedestrian crossing the street on a blind corner, with no warning, would you not attempt to stop for them too? Or are only cyclists exempt from that common courtesy?

    I'm thinking if you have problems controlling your vehicle around blind corners without running into things, maybe try slowing down a bit.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 21, 2008

    "If cyclist chooses to ride on dangerous roads, then it's their responsibility to remain visible and stay as far over to the right as possible."

    Sometimes, as in a blind right hand curve, cyclists need to stay more in the center of the lane to be seen easier. The sight line is longer giving you time to apply your brakes reasonably, not hit me, and not lose control of your car. Ten seconds later you are off to the races again and we are both safe. A sharp curve slows a car much more than a bike, with the better sight line over coming the smaller speed differential of say 20 mph should be easy.

    It is nice to know that you don't want to kill me as long as I don't pass you on the right. BTW, I'm at the far right side of the road for 95% of my rides. I just point out the exceptions because that is what drivers are likely to remember, not the times they pass easily.

  • OpinionOnEverything Aug 21, 2008

    ezoneverything:

    You're just not reading my post carefully enough, so I'll clarify.

    If a situation arises where I come across a cyclist on a blind corner, with no warning, I'm not going to slam on the brakes and risk running into a tree myself, nor am I going to cross over into oncoming traffic to risk a head-on collision. If cyclist chooses to ride on dangerous roads, then it's their responsibility to remain visible and stay as far over to the right as possible.

    When cyclists make my trip dangerous enough, in that case, I would choose to hit the cyclist. It would be unfortunate, but not my fault.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 21, 2008

    OpinionOnEverything, your first post sounded fairly reasonable although I disagree with it. Then you just went crazy. You won't slam on the breaks to save someones life and keep yourself out of legal trouble?! What kind of sense does that make? What about a fallen tree, a broken down car, or a police officer writing a cyclist a ticket for running a stop sign. You sound like the militant one wanting to kill someone.

    I know I take a risk, but I try to minimize it. I don't ride in the rain, I avoid riding at night (but have lights when I do), I choose roads carefully, but sometimes I have to make a short trip on a narrow road to reach my destination.

    I try very hard in venues like this to make people understand that we are not trying to make you mad. Some of the things we do seem strange or even rude, but we probably have a reason and its not to make you mad.

  • Rolling Along Aug 21, 2008

    OpinionOnEverything
    You would be wrong! My attitude makes all the difference in the world. I have been driving for over 34 years and cycling on a regular basis even longer. No car accidents or tickets...ever.

  • OpinionOnEverything Aug 21, 2008

    It's shocking to hear some of these comments from cyclists. Regardless of who's legally right or wrong, you, and possibly your children, are risking life and limb just to prove a point. No cyclist has a chance against a 3000+ lb vehicle, especially on most of the roads around here. As these recent tragedies have shown, the cyclist is always on the losing end, no matter what the situation.

  • OpinionOnEverything Aug 21, 2008

    You may be right, RollingAlong, but at least the driver will live to tell about it. I believe with your attitude, you won't last long on the road. You need to avoid dangerous, narrow roads that lack shoulders, and you need to stay as far to the right as safely as possible. If you can do this, we don't have a problem, but if you insist on creating a road hazard just to tick off a few motorists, there will be consequences.

  • Rolling Along Aug 21, 2008

    OpinionOnEverything,
    What part of the law do you NOT understand. If you hit a cyclist that is riding legally it is YOUR FAULT regardless of whether you are on a blind curve or blind drunk...It is the attitude of motorists that "THINK" they own the road that is the real problem. FWIW I drive over 40,000 miles a year and cycle and additional 5,000 or so, it the car driver with the attitude that causes the most problems.

  • OpinionOnEverything Aug 21, 2008

    The issue of the drunk driver is irrelevant. The overall issue is militant cyclists who antagonize the driving public, sober or otherwise. From most of the angry remarks from the likes of you, it just shows how justified the opinions of most drivers are versus militant cyclists.

    You do NOT have the right to block traffic or create an unnecessary hazard just because you THINK you have the right to ride wherever you please. I can promise you that if you are sticking way out in the lane as I come around I blind corner, you will most likely be hit by my car. I am NOT going to slam on the breaks or move over into the oncoming traffic just to save your behind. If you don't want to be in this situation, you need to be more careful which routes you take and whether or not they are safe to ride on.

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