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Ghost bike placed for Raleigh man

Posted May 9, 2013

Ghost bike for Christopher Charles Mangum
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— A Raleigh businessman who lost his life last Friday in a car-bike collision was memorialized Thursday on Lassiter Mill Road.

A "ghost bike" was placed at the intersection where Christopher Charles Mangum, 58, collided with a car driven by Thomas Edison Castelloe, 81. 

Ghost bikes are old bicycles, painted white and placed at the site of fatal crashes, designed to remind drivers of the need to share the road.

Police said Mangum was southbound on Lassiter Mill at about 7 p.m. May 2 when Castelloe turned into his path.

Mangum "was unable to avoid the collision," police wrote in the wreck report. Other riders in the neighborhood said the intersection was a dangerous one, and it would have been almost impossible for Mangum, who was headed downhill, to stop quickly.

Castelloe, of 3417 Williamsborough Court, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way.

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  • BernsteinIII May 10, 2013

    "And if someone subsequently gets beaten by a cyclist for such an idiotic act that would be their fault."

    LOL. It's very doubtful Chuck Norris would decide to ride a bike in the Raleigh area. So I'm sure the beat down of the cyclist would be their fault.

  • dirkdiggler May 10, 2013

    I'm appalled that WRAL moderators allowed the comment from 'immaannoid', advocating the intentional vehicular assault on cyclists. What is wrong with you people?

  • sctech May 10, 2013

    And if someone subsequently gets beaten by a cyclist for such an idiotic act that would be their fault. Trekker

    This right here!

  • sctech May 10, 2013

    Some of you are just miserable people with your comments. So now "THEY" put a distraction there? A man died, due to NO FAULT OF HIS OWN, and some of your comments are just heartless and selfish. HopingForABetterWorld

    Bingo. These posters are simply lazy unhealthy people who despise someone who is in great shape while doing an activity they love. These same people can't wait an extra three seconds to safely pass a cyclist. Everyone is in such a mad rush all the time. The guy who stated he would open his door, do it, so we can read about your brutal beating and hospital stay.

  • Trekker May 10, 2013

    “If you have an old car or truck, open the passenger door just before they come by. If they get hurt, it's their fault as passing on the right is illegal.” Immaannoid

    And if someone subsequently gets beaten by a cyclist for such an idiotic act that would be their fault.

  • Trekker May 10, 2013

    Pack Girl, Here’s a question for you since you seem to be so hypercritical of cyclists. Can you honestly say that you observe any and all traffic laws and you’re not guilty of distracted driving? There are good cyclists and bad cyclists just as there are good drivers and bad drivers. I bet you’re not as good as you lead us to believe.

  • Red Sox Nation May 10, 2013

    I ride wherever I want, as fast as I want, doing whatever I want. I don't stop at red lights, stop signs or anything in between. If a car pulls out in front of me, I will hit you and put a sizeable dent in your car. I'm not one of the spandex wearing Lance Armstrong wannabe's. Don't be upset that I can ride my bike better and faster than you can drive a car. And the crazy part is, for as reckless as I ride, I'm still safer than most you zipper heads behind the wheel. Grow up! If I go through an intersection safely, why are you upset? Why don't you stop being lazy and get a bike yourself.

  • Trekker May 10, 2013

    “As long as the majority of you do not obey the laws, you will all be classified by most as one disobedient, disrespectful class of cyclists.” Pack Girl

    Of course the same could be said of motorists. All it takes is someone obtuse enough to make such a generalized distinction.

  • Pack Girl May 10, 2013

    HopingForABetterWorld...their may be a class system in your cycling world, but an apparatus with 2 wheels and pedals is a bicycle, thus making anyone who rides one a bicyclist, aka cyclist. As long as the majority of you do not obey the laws, you will all be classified by most as one disobedient, disrespectful class of cyclists.

    Anyone who rides a bicycle on a street should have to take a test on this publication http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/download/bikeped_laws_Guidebook-Part-1.pdf, just like motorists have to take and pass a test. The cycling world would do itself a favor to educate and police itself.

    I have lived 1.5 miles from NCSU for almost 20 years and have to travel on Hillsborough St. almost daily. I can honestly say that I have NEVER seen a bicycle rider (not just students) stop at a stop sign or red light if there is no oncoming traffic. While I'm sure there are a few cyclists who obey traffic laws, they are apparently a very small portion.

  • winemaker81 May 10, 2013

    'The motorists was clearly at fault. "Castelloe, of 3417 Williamsborough Court, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way."' -- Karp

    Nope. He was *charged* with 2 offenses. I realize that on the internet it's common practice to stone the accused within seconds of the accusation, but in a court of law it's "innocent until proven guilty". If you happen to read the news you may discover that innocent people are accused of crimes and some are even convicted.

    Is the motorist at fault? I don't know and neither do you. You have decided guilt based upon a sketchy description of the situation. I'm waiting for the court ...

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