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Motorcyclist dies in I-40 wreck

Posted September 19, 2011
Updated September 20, 2011

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— A motorcyclist who had gotten off his bike to retrieve a fallen bag on Interstate 40 was struck and killed by a car Monday evening, state troopers said.

A bag fell off a motorcycle driven by Robert Fruitt, 35, of Clayton, and he stopped to pick it up from I-40 East, near Jones Sausage Road, around 8:30 p.m., Trooper B.A. Thompson said.

As he stepped into the interstate, Fruitt was struck by a Honda Pilot, going between 60 and 65 mph, troopers said. He died at the scene.

The Honda driver was not injured. Troopers said she will not face any charges.

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  • carolinagurl Sep 20, 2011

    I agree with jlshiel, "..... knowing this person personally it is a bit irratating to me to see all the comments regarding the safety issue. A simple condolence to the family or words of comfort to the driver of the car involved is really all that needs to be said. I did not say this to be rude it is just really not necessary at this time. Something like this is what one would call a "freak accident" and that is horrible for ALL parties involved."

  • sunblazn Sep 20, 2011

    As he stepped into the interstate.....he was NOT on his bike when he was struck! I typically don't try to be argumentative on these forums but knowing this person personally it is a bit irratating to me to see all the comments regarding the safety issue. A simple condolence to the family or words of comfort to the driver of the car involved is really all that needs to be said. I did not say this to be rude it is just really not necessary at this time. Something like this is what one would call a "freak accident" and that is horrible for ALL parties involved.

  • Al Stefanelli Sep 20, 2011

    I've ridden for many years. My father rode. And my daughter just bought her first bike (after completing the MSF course) and I passed down to her the advice my dad passed down to me: "Always assume everyone is out to kill you, and that nobody can see you"

    I've logged probably a million miles on two wheels and have never had a wreck. Neither has my dad. I am hoping, obviously, the same for my daughter.

  • twc Sep 20, 2011

    It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree but motorcycles can be difficult to see. They are smaller than the average size of other vehicles; they can change location in the blinking of an eye; they are not as well-lit as other vehicles.

    I would love to see them have their own lanes.

    One must realize that a minor accident with a motorcycle is usually a major accident for the rider. They're fun, but they're dangerous! It's probably the motor vehicle driver who is at fault in most cases but that doesn't bring back the health or the life of the biker.

  • dae66 Sep 20, 2011

    Very sad. Condolences to his family :(

  • sunblazn Sep 20, 2011

    My heart goes out to his family and his wife Caroline. Robert was a very sweet guy and friend to anyone who ever knew him. You will be missed Robert...may you rest in peace.

  • parichar77 Sep 20, 2011

    JoCo Gun owner -
    Are you sure your MSF safety training didn't teach that motorcycles typically do need more room to slow down than 4 wheel vehicles. Especially in slippery conditions.
    Bikes can stop fast, but a cage with 4wheel anti-lock brakes can stop pretty quick also.
    I haven't done any braking tests, but no matter who is correct, we don't need cage drivers thinking all bikes can stop on a dime and that they do not need to worry about braking hard in front of bikes .

  • bassfish4life Sep 20, 2011

    Sorry for his family, friends, and wife. He was a great taxidermist!

  • Arapaloosa Sep 20, 2011

    "seeming not to know a bike needs more room to stop than a 4-wheel vehicle does"

    Correction, a motorcycle (even the big cruisers) can stop a whole lot shorter than a car can. I was riding with my wife down in FL a few years ago and had someone cut me off in a 65 mph zone. I was able (with my MSF safety training) to slow from 65 to nearly a dead stop in about a second. Didn't hit the car and kept the bike upright the whole time, although it did scare the stuff out of me!

  • joel Sep 20, 2011

    So sorry for his family. Can someone comment as to whether this is the Robert who grew up in Cameron Park?

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