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Man killed in Raleigh motorcycle crash

Posted January 5, 2016

— A 19-year-old was killed Monday following a motorcycle accident on Old Wake Forest Road.

Authorities said Justin Alwayn Henley was operating a 2002 Honda motorcycle traveling east on Old Wake Forest Road between Capital Boulevard and Town Center Drive when he lost control.

Police said Henley crossed the center lane and struck a 2011 Ford sedan traveling westbound, driven by 70-year-old Michael James McAuliffe.

Henley was taken to WakeMed, where he died as a result of his injuries.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by a friend of the victim to help with funeral expenses, Henley was an active member of several Triangle ice hockey programs. The page had raised almost $37,000 by Tuesday afternoon.

Henley's father, Steve Henley, is the executive director of The Junior Hurricanes, and the community has banded together to support the family following the crash.

"They hockey family has always been a community that supports one another, one that transcends the logo on a jersey or on the surface where the teams skate. Never is this more evident than when there are tragic circumstances," said a statement from the team and the Carolinas Hockey Community. "This generosity and support was not unexpected or unusual, and it is certainly appropriate. Hopefully we will be able to find a way to have Justin's relentless spirit and passion for the game live on here in the Triangle forever."

McAuliffe was not injured in the crash and no charges are expected to be filed in the incident.


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  • Sean Creasy Jan 6, 2016
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    Another victim of non-vigilance. I feel that anyone who wishes to ride that is under the age of 30 should be required to take the rider safety course before being able to obtain a license. This 3 day course teaches some very good hands on skills such as how to handle a flat tire, going through curves safely, and other problems that will be encountered while riding.

  • Tripp Weiland Jan 5, 2016
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    I have known Justin and his family for many years. They are all wonderful people and my heart goes out to them during this tragic time.