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Judge sets bond at $50K in Durham cyclist's hit-and-run death

Posted July 10, 2013

— A Durham District Court judge on Wednesday set bond at $50,000 for a Warren County man who surrendered Tuesday evening in connection with a fatal hit-and-run this week.

Maceo Christopher Kemp, Jr., 27, of Manson, faces charges of felony hit-and-run and driving while license revoked in the death of Seth Vidal, 36, of Durham.

Police said Vidal was riding a bike on Hillandale Road near Interstate 85 just before 9 p.m. Monday when he was hit from behind by a dark sedan.

Witnesses told police that the car slowed quickly and swerved before hitting Vidal and then continued on Hillandale Road.

Prosecutors sad during Kemp's first court appearance Wednesday morning that the charge of driving with a revoked license stems from a pending driving while impaired charge in Orange County.

A judge denied Kemp's request for reduced bonds of $20,000 and $25,000 and also set a probable cause hearing for July 31.

Vidal worked for Red Hat in Raleigh as a software engineer and had a passion for cycling, friends said Tuesday.

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  • davidgnews Jul 12, 8:47 a.m.

    RIP Seth.

  • joewalsh Jul 11, 8:39 a.m.

    https://www.redhat.com/about/news/archive/2013/7/thank-you-seth-vidal

  • Sherlock Jul 11, 8:25 a.m.

    Only 50 K, pretty low bond.

  • joewalsh Jul 10, 7:41 p.m.

    Of the two people involved the driver should not have been on the road. So he broke at least two laws directly while the cyclist broke none! It clearly states the driver did not have a drivers license. If he had been obeying the law there would have been no death because he would not have been driving.

  • kendradad Jul 10, 6:50 p.m.

    Here we go again, same story different day. You would think cyclist would stay off of busy roads. If this driver was DWI, he should be thrown under the jail. Regardless bicycles don't belong on the roads, especially very busy roads.

  • stymieindurham Jul 10, 3:34 p.m.

    "There is no excuse for leaving a human being to die after hitting them. None, ever."

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    Perhaps this was to avoid yet ANOTHER charge of DWI.

  • stymieindurham Jul 10, 3:33 p.m.

    Riding a bicycle on a road with a posted speed over 35 mph is DANGEROUS!!!

  • mikeathome Jul 10, 2:39 p.m.

    I had ridden with Seth many times and this is a great loss to the bicycling community.....Share the road

  • jonnyonthespot Jul 10, 2:26 p.m.

    $50k!? I have that much money in change in my couch cushions! Just kidding, but still, he killed somebody, then left!

  • slowpoke4333 Jul 10, 2:08 p.m.

    There is no excuse for leaving a human being to die after hitting them. None, ever.

    I'm surprised we don't see more cyclist and related fatalities, though. Especially when 20-40 cyclists are bunched together in a group longer than 5 car lengths on back roads, going 25 mph in a 55 mph zone. The cars stuck behind them are just itching to pass, doing dangerous things like passing on a double yellow or in a curve. It's a recipe for disaster. Not that this cyclist was behaving in a dangerous manner, sounds obvious that it was the driver's fault in this case.

    Based on some of the comments here, I think both sides of that debate need to remember that "Share the road" applies equally to both cars and bicycles.

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