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Man on bike killed in collision with bus in downtown Raleigh

Posted September 19, 2013

— A 37-year-old man riding a bike on Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh was killed Wednesday night when he collided with a bus, police said. 

The collision happened shortly after 11 p.m. near the intersection with East Davie Street. 

According to a wreck report released Thursday morning, Antwaun Terod Stewart, of Raleigh, was riding his bicycle the wrong way on Wilmington Street when he collided with the Capital Area Transit bus.

Investigators said the bus was traveling west on East Davie Street at about 15 mph and had entered the intersection while the traffic signal was green. 

After the collision, Stewart was run over by the back right tire of the bus, which was driven by Johnathan Cedric Watson, of Raleigh. Several people were on the bus at the time, but no one else was injured. 

Police have not said whether any charges will be filed.

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  • sggoodri Sep 20, 4:39 p.m.

    IK4, everybody started with the right to use the road, regardless of income or taxes. Those burdensome regulations were added to motor vehicle operators after motor vehicles were invented because they posed a danger to others and increased the cost of infrastructure and emergency services. Motorists' heavier regulatory burden doesn't take away the continued right of others to continue to use the roads. Protecting the travel rights of others is part of the motivation for those regulations. Bicyclists are also regulated in that they can be ticketed if they don't obey the basic driving rules that prevent crashes. But the public costs and risks of bicycling are so low that every US state and most of the world has determined that the overhead of licensing and taxing bicyclists isn't worth the benefit. Most governments want to incentives for bicycling to improve public health and reduce car use. Practically all local roads are paid for by property taxes, anyway, not gas taxes.

  • lk4 Sep 20, 4:05 p.m.

    sggoodri

    Thank you for trying to educate bicyclists. I think many automobile drivers need the education also.

    I would say that 'and not what kind of vehicle the person happens to be driving' does make a difference. People who pay vehicle registrations, gas tax, all the extra safety equipment required on vehicles today and liability insurance are the ones PAYING for the roads these other NON-PAYING vehicles use. When that changes I would go along with extending the rights to the road.

  • Pooter McGooter Sep 20, 12:17 p.m.

    I bet he had fish for dinner.

  • albegadeep Sep 20, 10:07 a.m.

    browneyedemily, I agree. There are lots of bicyclists who obey the laws, and many who don't. Same with drivers.

    As a driver, I do find it frustrating to be behind a 15 MPH cyclist on a 55 MPH road. But the cyclist has the same rights as the driver.

  • sggoodri Sep 20, 10:00 a.m.

    Interesting groupthink, blaming all bicyclists for the actions of others of their kind. Those of us who obey all traffic laws while bicycling (including stopping at stop signs to the consternation of bicyclists following us) can only do so much to influence the actions of other cyclists. I've spent hundreds of hours on educational efforts to improve bicylists behavior. It's time for society to focus on those individuals who are committing the moving violations and not on what kind of vehicle the person happens to be operating.

  • kendradad Sep 19, 5:19 p.m.

    browneye, my experience is that bikers do not obey the laws of the road as a rule, it is not an exception. My family called me on this the first time I said it. Since then, I have proven it to them over and over. Again, it is my experience, but 90%+ of all the riders I come across break a law before I can pass them by. Maybe, I have not had the pleasure to see you on the road, obeying all the rules.

  • browneyedemily Sep 19, 4:08 p.m.

    Clearly the bicyclist wasn't doing the right thing, but he's not representative of all bicyclists - how many people driving a car run red lights and break the law every day? It's no excuse, the law is the law, but it seems like any time something like this happens, there's a lot of bicyclist bashing. I ride my bike a lot and yes, I use the roads, but I also follow the laws and don't run red lights, etc. Every week there's at least one person driving a car who yells obscenities at me out the window or beeps at me without justification while swerving by me in an unsafe manner - I know that's not how all car drivers act. I don't think it's fair to bash bicyclists based on individual bicyclists' not-so-smart decisions.

  • tendonut Sep 19, 3:56 p.m.

    "After the collision, Stewart was run over by the back right tire of the bus".

    Combine this with the wording that the cyclist collided with the bus, I am betting the cyclist ran into the side of the bus at the intersection. I don't think there was much the driver could do. It's night time, the intersection was clear, and the bus driver had a green light.

  • winemaker81 Sep 19, 3:06 p.m.

    "Some of you are the most hateful people in the world. Yes he was riding down the street the wrong way we know that, but this man lost his life. Stop with your insensitive comments and pray for this man's soul and pray for his family." -- Jay10275

    Assuming that the details are accurate, this rider lost his life because of his own failure to obey the laws of NC and of good sense. Noting that is NOT hateful. It might even cause another cyclist to think about this and save THEIR life.

  • macy Sep 19, 2:59 p.m.

    edtomjr you are right.....the bus drivers here act like they own the road!

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