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Elm City motorcycle wreck kills two

Posted October 15, 2012

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— A man and woman died Saturday night when they ran a stop sign and crashed their motorcycle into a car, authorities said Monday.

Motorcyclist Robert Wayne Underwood Jr., 36, of Wilson, and passenger Danyell Renee Sanders, 31, of Sharpsburg, were thrown from the motorcycle after the collision, which occurred at the intersection of East Langley Road and Bottoms Dairy Road shortly before 8:30 p.m.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla that they hit, Derick Tere Hinton, 40, of Tarboro, wasn't injured.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol estimates that the motorcycle was traveling at 60 to 70 mph before the wreck.

The crash remains under investigation.

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  • photojournalist Oct 16, 2012

    The Wilson Times has reported about this and the dangerous intersection - see the 10.16.2012 - Tuesday edition.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 16, 2012

    Sound like he may of not known the road or area well to miss a stop sign. Feel bad for the family.

  • lovingmy4kiddos Oct 16, 2012

    I use to live around there-- my parents still do and I'm out there often. That's a 55MPH zone. I can't even imagine someone not stopping at that sign. It's not a bad intersection or anything-- and the intersection on either side of that intersection on Bottoms Dairy Road are bad intersections. Carelessness cost 2 people their lives-- sad.

  • RustyDawg Oct 16, 2012

    I'm sure that the driver of the Corolla was glad they were on a bike instead of a truck. People operating all types of vehicles run stop lights and signs. They all do it for various reasons and the result is usually never good. No matter what you are operating, driving safely should be the number one priority behind the wheel. As a motorcycle rider myself, you better be on the watch out for others with all of the gadgets they're putting in new cars these days. In spite of what they say, the raod is becoming more dangerous everyday.

  • Bumble Bee Oct 15, 2012

    Single malt said: there are exceptions to stigmas

    Of course. But the point has to do with patterns, not exceptions.

  • Bumble Bee Oct 15, 2012

    Chattycat said: How is that? He ran a stop sign and crashed into a car. States he was traveling 60 - 70 MPH. Got nothing to do with the make of the bike.

    It's got everything to do with the rider's attitude, and THAT has a correlation with the make of bike.

  • DaddysAngel27 Oct 15, 2012

    I will never understand why people feel like they need to drive so fast for. This is what happens when people take advantage of our roads.

  • Singlemalt Oct 15, 2012

    Rabbitdog: Seriously? No mention of racing or any such behavior, a little over the speed limit maybe (don't know the road/limit)? I where you are trying to go here, I know (2) Harley riders who had wrecks of their own doings this year. There are exceptions to stigmas.

  • chattycat Oct 15, 2012

    Wish these stories would specify cafe racer or Harley-Davidson type cruiser or even Honda Goldwing. I believe a pattern would emerge.-Rabbitdog

    How is that? He ran a stop sign and crashed into a car. States he was traveling 60 - 70 MPH. Got nothing to do with the make of the bike.

  • NCHighlander Oct 15, 2012

    Wish these stories would specify cafe racer or Harley-Davidson type cruiser or even Honda Goldwing. I believe a pattern would emerge.