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Durham motorcyclist killed in Chatham crash

Posted November 6, 2013

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— A Durham motorcyclist died Wednesday in a crash in northern Chatham County, authorities said.

Scott Cartwright, 65, was riding a 1963 BMW motorcycle southwest on Old Farrington Road shortly after noon when he went off the right side of the road and hit a tree, authorities said.

Cartwright, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said speed and alcohol weren't factors in the crash.


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  • Lightfoot3 Nov 7, 2013

    "Prefacing your insensitive 'tree poisoning' comment with 'sorry' didn't soften it any." - carolinabluegrassfan

    Welcome to the Internet. I ride, and if I hit a tree, that's how I would classify it. If I fall off a cliff, it would be ground poisoning.

    "the article plainly states that speed was not a factor" - carolinabluegrassfan

    Given speed can be very subjective to the individual rider, who knows. Below the speed limit doesn't mean speed isn't necessarily a factor. But tell me, was it in a curve or a straight?

    "would leave the road by choice?" - carolinabluegrassfan

    If you leave the road, your choices are the mitigating factors.

    I guess he could have had a medical situation. Is that what you're suggesting?

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 7, 2013

    65 is probably too old to be riding a motorcycle. Clearly his motor skills were in decline.

  • carolinabluegrassfan Nov 7, 2013

    Lightfoot3: Prefacing your insensitive 'tree poisoning' comment with 'sorry' didn't soften it any.

    I personally know that the gentleman was a very experienced and sensible rider, and the article plainly states that speed was not a factor.

    So, what makes you think that he, or anyone else who rides, would leave the road by choice?

    Condolences to, and prayers for, his family and close friends.

  • kdnole Nov 7, 2013

    There's lots of farm land out there which means deer. I ride everyday from Raleigh to Moncure and this year I decided to take Deer season off.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 7, 2013

    Sorry for the family's loss. But tree poisoning will do it every time. I always tell riders to NEVER leave the road. If you think you're going too fast for a curve, just keep on leaning because going off the road is NOT an option (unless it's a field or something).

  • Paul M Nov 7, 2013

    R.I.P. Brother

  • writetanisha Nov 7, 2013

    R.I.P. bless your family

  • SeaDog Nov 7, 2013

    RIP Mr. Cartwright. Didn't know you personally but I'm sure we crossed paths riding our motorbikes around the backroads of Chatham County. Praying for your family.