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Motorcyclist dies after hitting speed bump

Posted September 8, 2009

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— A Laurinburg man was thrown from his motorcycle and killed early Monday when he hit speed bump near the University of North Carolina-Pembroke campus, authorities said Tuesday.

Ronn Terrell Deese, 38, was traveling at about 90 mph on Prospect Road and was passing another vehicle when he struck a crossing island in the pedestrian crosswalk, authorities said. The posted speed limit along the road is 45 mph, authorities said.

After hitting the speed bump, Deese's motorcycle went airborne for 143 feet, and he was thrown from the vehicle as it landed on its left side, authorities said.

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  • Dick Sep 8, 2009

    What was his hurry?

  • Wheelman Sep 8, 2009

    I beg to differ. They have done a great deal to slow things in our neighborhood. Before they were put in a traffic study found many were speeding and some of those were between 50 and 65 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. The police would come out every few days and catch a few, but it all changed with the bumps. It didn't take long to slow them down and keep them that way. The repaved the street a couple of weeks ago and took the bumps out to do that. In a couple of days they were flying again. Speed bumps went back in...speed came down. They are required to mark them and there is usually a warning sign as well. None of that would matter at 90 MPH. It could just as easily been a rock or a stick in the street.

  • archmaker Sep 8, 2009

    Pedestrian crosswalks (or speed humps, if you will) are not designed to blend in with the road. They are usually made of a very different material than asphalt (often the same material as the pedestrian sidewalk) and occur at obvious places for any body who is paying attention to their driving (yes, I'm talking about you drivers on your phone). It is for the pedestrian's safety - at 90 MPH I thank goodness he only took his own life and not somebody crossing the road. Blame it on the paint color and signs only when you are behaving in a responsible manner.

  • podtalk Sep 8, 2009

    Should have slowed down.

  • auto3440 Sep 8, 2009

    I wonder if the bump was properly marked and signed (for safety concerns). If he had seen a sign, he might not have made the decision to pass. Either way it was still insane to be driving that fast.
    mjjunk

    Do you really think it mattered if the speed bump was marked? The guy was going 90mph. You play with fire, you get burned!!!

  • mjjunk Sep 8, 2009

    I wonder if the bump was properly marked and signed (for safety concerns). If he had seen a sign, he might not have made the decision to pass. Either way it was still insane to be driving that fast.

  • DougWare.NET Sep 8, 2009

    As a motorcycle rider, I can tell you that speed bumps are dangerous to any rider...especially the "humps" that some shopping centers and neighborhoods use (even on through streets). What's worse is that these speed humps are usually designed to blend in with the road, as in not painted yellow.

    This guy was riding way too fast, I'm not defending that at all. But as a former EMT (read as Emergency Vehicle Driver/Attendant) and a current motorcycle rider...speed bumps/humps do little to slow traffic down and end up being a hazard to riders and cost precious time to emergency vehicles (which must slow to a dead crawl over speed bumps).

  • Been there once Sep 8, 2009

    at 90 miles and hour.

  • 007KnightRider Sep 8, 2009

    Wow, we all know how it feels when we hit bumps with our cars. I can only imagine how that bump felt for this man on a motorcycle. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Slip Kid Sep 8, 2009

    Just because you Can pass a vehicle doesn't mean you Should. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.