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Man convicted in deaths of two motorcyclists

Posted July 12, 2010

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— A Willow Spring man has been placed on probation after being convicted in the deaths of two motorcyclists two years ago.

Curtis Lloyd Price, 71, was found guilty on July 2 of two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He was placed on probation for a year and was ordered to surrender his driver's license, pay a $100 fine and complete a driving course.

Price turned left off Jackson King Road into his driveway on May 8, 2008, and pulled into the path of Jamal "Tommy" El-Ferkh, 24, and passenger Brittany Custer, 18. Both were killed in the collision.

Another driver laid down his motorcycle to avoid hitting the vehicle.

A December trial in the case ended in a mistrial because of an evidentiary issue.

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  • Xscout577 Jul 13, 2010

    delilahk2000, stop shouting .. you're killing my eyes! =]

  • clintoflannagan Jul 13, 2010

    You people who bemoan the criminal justice system for giving this guy a "slap on the wrist" are the same people who would talk junk if the families of the dead motorcyclists had the audacity to seek justice through the filing of a civil wrongful death lawsuit.

  • delilahk2000 Jul 13, 2010

    THESE DAYS PEOPLE DRIVING CARS ARE IDIOTS, THEY ARE ON PHONES, TEXTING, EATING, READING,PUTTING ON MAKE UP, PASSING IN A NO PASSING ZONE,NO TURN SIGNALS, PULLING OUT IN FRONT OF YOU JUST TO BE FIRST, ETC... THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU, NONE OF THESE THING WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU JUST DRIVE AND PAY ATTENTION, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES ON THE ROAD........ AND YES EVEN IN A CAR I HAVE TO DRIVE DEFENSIVLEY, AND WHEN YOU BLOW YOUR HORN FOR SOMETHING THEY DID YOU GET THE FINGER..... MOTORCYCLES HAVE JUST AS MUCH RIGHT ON THE ROAD AS YOU DO, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOOOOOOOK.......

  • wralgolo2 Jul 13, 2010

    The assumption that the motorcyclist was speeding was no doubt brought upon by the fact that the picture shows a sport bike laying on the ground. Far too often are these types of bikes associated with inexperienced riders and disregard for safety.

    Its all about media coverage and how they are portrayed in the public eye. I have seen just as many idiots riding Harleys as I have seen on any other bike.

    But I think that if speed were a factor in the case, it would have been mentioned. So clearly, someone is allowing their bias to bleed through.

  • alwayslovingu30 Jul 13, 2010

    I my self Ride A Motorcycle.It seems no one can see you all the time.I have to ride for the other guy because they cant see you I never understand why.I was riding my new one home from the delearship about 4 months ago an I almost got ran over nearing A stop light.I was in the turn lane an the lady Pulled rite over on me its like they dont even look into the mirrows.I have had many near wrecks from People who clearly cannot drive.But it now seems its ok to kill someone.an get away with it.Here an yesterday A teenager was convicted of killing his friendThey they the book at him 10 days in jail an probation wow the saying murder an get away is coming true but they will hang you over A gun or drugs.What is our system coming to

  • Bill of Rights Jul 13, 2010

    It's interesting that there's an assumption that the motorcyclists were speeding. I'm far more inclined to believe that an elderly driver was not paying attention than I am inclined to believe that a motorcyclist was acting irresponsibly. Don't let a few immature brats speeding up and down Capital Blvd. on their rocketbikes define the behavior of motorcyclists as a whole ...

  • smokiejoe Jul 13, 2010

    burnspot..I agree with you,that's why I said maybe not in this case. But people need to realize speed can make all the differance in the world.

  • Burnspot Jul 13, 2010

    Richard, I appreciate your comments, but in this specific case, speed was not mentioned as an issue. Naturally, if a motorcyclist was riding irresponsibly, then the case might go differently. The only fact we know in this case is that the driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic and that was what figured in his guilt.

  • smokiejoe Jul 13, 2010

    tarheel4life... Get real...if you see a vehicle comeing towards you and it's 200 yrds.down the road running the speed limit you most likly have plenty of time turn.However if it's running 105mph he's on you in split second.Where did you learn to drive montgumery wards?

  • Burnspot Jul 13, 2010

    ""The speed of the motorcyclist is pretty much irrelevant in this case...the vehicle turned in front of the motorcycle...simple as that. "

    Seriously? So if the bike was going 105 in a 45, the driver of the automobile would still be at fault?"

    Since speed was not mentioned as an issue in this case...yes, it's irrelevant. If it was a factor in determining the guilt or innocence of the driver, we'd hear about it. In this case, the driver failed to pay attention and failed to give way to oncoming traffic.

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