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Motorcyclist killed in crash on U.S. 401 near Rolesville

Posted May 25
Updated May 26

 All northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 401, also known as Louisburg Road, were closed near Forestville Road near Rolesville due to a motorcycle accident.
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— A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night after a crash on U.S. Highway 401, also known as Lousiburg Road, near Rolesville.

Authorities said that at about 9:10 p.m., a van driven by a 16-year-old was traveling northbound on U.S. 401 and collided with a motorcycle traveling eastbound at the intersection of U.S. 401 and Forestville Road.

The motorcyclist, identified as 26-year-old Braxton Lee Reynolds, of Raleigh, ran a red light and crashed into the driver's side door of the van. Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene.

The teenager driving the van was treated at WakeMed for minor injuries and released.

Several witnesses on the scene reported that the driver of the motorcycle ran a red light.


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  • Perry Masonjar May 26, 10:32 a.m.
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    Very sad all they way around. Prayers to the family of the motorcyclist and the 16 yo young man driving the van, (I know he is rattled).

  • Ryan Gubicza May 26, 10:30 a.m.
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    Braxton was my best friend. He will be missed by all his friends and family. He was a motorcyclist that was always adamant about safety. He is not the kind of hotrod that would blow through a red light.

    Another friend of mine said his mom ran that same red light the other day. Something is going on with that traffic light.

    Braxton was a good hearted person, he will always be loved and remembered forever in our hearts.

  • Jeremy Willmont May 26, 5:28 a.m.
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    Praying for all.