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Motorcyclist dies after Durham wreck

Posted May 12, 2010

— A motorcyclist has died from injuries he suffered in a weekend wreck, Durham police said Wednesday.

Patrick Carl Friedhoff, 23, hit the back of a Ford Expedition on northbound Interstate 85 near the Duke Street exit at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Friedhoff was thrown from his motorcycle and was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment, police said.

The Expedition driver, Leonarde Benitez, and the six occupants of the SUV weren't injured, police said.

Officers determined that Friedhoff was speeding at the time of the collision, police said, so no charges have been filed in the case.


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  • brina26ann May 13, 2010

    I totally agree with the comment right below mine. People need to stop being rude. What if that happened to be your parent or brother/sister and they died on that bike? I really dont think you would be saying all this stuff on here if that was the case! I see people all the time doing about 90mph on the highway (cars & trucks) and its scary cuz people don't care and they dont pay attention. I highly doubt it was Patricks fault for causing the accident. I feel so bad for the Friedhoff Family, as death is not something taken lightly and my prayers go out to you all. I'm very sorry for your loss :( *RIP PATRICK FRIEDHOFF*

  • purpletjchick May 13, 2010

    How funny this is that the guy who taught me to accept people for who they are even when they do crazy stuff is the reason I have to look at these comments. IF (I hope it never happens) those that reguard him as a "speeding motorcyclist" instead of by his name was to ever lose someone close to them in a manner like Pat lost his life you would never comment to a post like this with any rudeness. If you take anything from this article take the fact no matter what you are not guaranteed tomorrow, and neither is your son or daughter. There is nothing wrong with a motorcycle but take a few extra seconds and make sure your gear is on right.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 12, 2010

    oldrwizr, the article says that the motorcyclist “hit the back of a Ford Expedition on northbound I-85”. So, what speed was the SUV going? What was the speed differential?...maybe he just lost his balance after a 5MPH impact at highway speed. Regardless, without more information, I’m not sure anyone can really know that “the type of vehicle he hit is absoutely irrelevant.” And, as I said initially, it does appear that the motorcycle messed up.

  • mike honcho May 12, 2010


    The police can determine speed based on evidence at the scene, it is truly a sad situation, thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • sugarb13 May 12, 2010

    people are absolutely rude on here. If you arent on here to pay your respects to the family that lost their son, brother,nephew, and grandchild then dont say anything. Accidents happen and thats why it is called an accident! He didnt deserve to die! No one really knows what happened when he wrecked so no one can pass judgement. The reporters and police werent there when it happened and even the people in the SUV dont know what happened to the motorcyclist. They only know they were hit in the rear. People please remember what is important here and that is that a life was lost and nothing can bring Patrick back! His family and friends are in pain over this loss, respect that please and send prayers not rude comments! RIP PATRICK FRIEDHOFF!!

  • colliedave May 12, 2010

    The guy chose to drive in a reckless manner, as actions have consequences. He alone is repsonible for his death. The type of car he hit is irrelevant.

  • mjlt3 May 12, 2010

    sorry for the family lost, but to me a motorcycle is just another death certificate waiting to be sign!

  • oldrwizr May 12, 2010

    hereandnow99, he slammed into the back of the SUV, according to the article. As he was probably going 80+ mph (these bikes can reach 150) at impact, the type of vehicle he hit is absoutely irrelevant.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 12, 2010

    As I understand it, when an SUV is involved in a wreck, there's THREE times the likely hood that someone will die.

    Not to say the motocyclist didn't mess up, but what's the fascination with monster trucks that tip over real easy and squish people? ;-)

  • wralgolo2 May 12, 2010

    Liquidice1: Also for mulecitybabe the bike was one of the sports bike a Kawasaki. (crotchrocket) i believe is what they call it..

    Nice derrogatory term for sport riders. In the hands of a capable and educated rider, a sport bike is safer by the fact that it can out maneuver and brake most every cruiser or touring bike. However, the increased efficiency of the motor combined with the light weight of the vehicle makes for a dangerous combination in the hands of someone who might not respect their own riding capabilities.

    Lets not get into the habit of making one version anymore dangerous (read evil) than the other. Liberals try to do the same with firearms.