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Driver charged in motorcyclist's death

Posted May 19, 2008
Updated May 20, 2008

— A motorcyclist was killed Sunday night in a head-on collision, and the other driver was charged in the case Monday, authorities said.

James Arthur Harris, 59, of Fayetteville, was eastbound on McArthur Road at about 8 p.m. Sunday when he collided with a westbound pickup truck near the intersection with Chesapeake Road, authorities said.

The pickup truck crossed the center line before the wreck, authorities said, and the driver, Del Ennis Richards, 57, of Fayetteville, faces charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving left of center.

Alcohol wasn't a factor in the wreck, authorities said.


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  • sportsfanatic619 May 26, 2008

    R.I.P. Mr. Harris we miss you!


  • 68_polara May 21, 2008

    Yesterday I had an on coming pickup cross way over the center line in front of me. I was heading off the side of the road when at the last moments the whipped it back over into their own lane. That was close but this seems to occur so often anymore. I can't figure out if I'm a magnet for this type of thing or what but I just don't remember it occurring years ago nearly as often as it does now days. I'm I nuts or are the rest of you seeing this more often? I couldn't imagine being in Del Ennis's shoes having to live with killing some else on the road. I pray I never make such a mistake, it can occur so fast.

  • danno502 May 19, 2008

    For those of you who don't know of this road, it is a two lane that borders Ft.Braggs Simmons Army Airfield. It has a couple turns that are problems on a good day if you are speeding. We had a really nasty short rainstorm yesterday right before this happened. I drive this road everyday and even some of the big rigs speed down this road. Now i don't know if the pickup driver was speeding or not but some misattention took another mans life. I would hardly call that a misdemeanor. I didn't see the accident happen, only the aftermath as it happened almost in front of my house as I was on the way home.WB go ahead and get the bike,i'm 59 and have been riding since i was 16.Take the saftey course offered in your county and listen to what they tell you. You will know by the end of the weekend if you will ride.Then go get you a Goldwing and find the open road.

  • daddyham May 19, 2008

    The article said that alcohol was not a factor. I'm will to bet talking on a cell phone is a high probability.

  • TheWB May 19, 2008

    So, today I'm not getteing a bike, yesterday I was. It's the other people that I'm worried about.

  • pUKe May 19, 2008

    Sometimes an accident is just that an accident.

    I'll agree with your keyword here "Sometimes"

    But other times it is carelessness, incompetence, neglect, and blatant disregard.

  • kjwecurn May 19, 2008

    Well I am glad to see that there are at least two perfect drivers in the area. Sometimes an accident is just that an accident.

  • pUKe May 19, 2008

    I drive 540 from one end to the other everyday and with the way people drive it's only a matter of time before the "accidental death" rates rise considerably. The speed limit on 540 is non-existent. I'd like to see troopers out there everyday in full force handing out $500 tickets or pulling licenses for 20 mph over but I know thats not likely to happen. Operating their vehicle has become last on the list of whatever people are doing when they should be driving

  • LocalYokel May 19, 2008

    there's no shortage of bad drivers in this state and I want that to change. We should be working toward zero deaths. I would like to see the driving laws we have enforced and steeper penalties (something higher than a misdemeanor) for bad drivers. Driving is a serious responsibility so let the laws reflect it. How do you think our new aggressive driving law working?