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Investigators: Motorcyclist fled from trooper before fatal Raleigh wreck

Posted September 5, 2015

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— A 34-year-old motorcyclist died early Saturday after crashing into a curb and several trees while fleeing from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, investigators said.

According to 1st Lt. Jeff Gordon, Michael Anthony Apodaca, of Cate Breton Drive, Raleigh, was speeding down New Bern Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a trooper attempted to pull him over.

Apodaca sped away before he crashed on Poole Road near Parnell Drive, Gordon said. Apodaca was pronounced dead at the scene.

No information about the cause of Apodaca's crash has been released.

Gordon said Apodaca was issued two traffic citations by a Raleigh police officer Friday night, one for illegal passing and one fore no operator's license.

Authorities shut down Poole Road near the scene of the wreck for several hours. It reopened early Saturday.


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  • Rick Fetter Sep 6, 2015
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    I feel bad for the trees.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Sep 6, 2015
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    I don't know if Mike followed trouble or it followed him. He made bad decisions based on impulse for a long time, the last being out after midnight; out on a motorcycle; on it without license; running from blue lights; and finally going too fast for the road. A risk related accident that could have just been another minor offense had he walked away from it. I don't think Mike meant any harm to anyone else, but he put himself at risk by taking a chance and losing. May he RIP, his troubles are over.