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Motorcyclist dies in Raleigh wreck

Posted May 22, 2011
Updated May 23, 2011

— A 31-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday after a teenage driver pulled into his path, according to Raleigh police.

Rubin Maurice Smith, of Anson County, was southbound on Creedmoor Road at about 3:30 p.m. when a northbound Lincoln Navigator made a left-hand turn on to Howard Road, police said. Smith crashed into the Navigator and died.

Justin Clarence Webster-Coleman, 16, was driving the SUV, police said, and his 13-year-old sister was also in the vehicle. Neither was injured.

The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.


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  • blui1 May 26, 2011

    when will we know if there will be charges? There needs to be some to the kid that hit him or his parents...at least take his license until he is 21!

  • kmz664 May 25, 2011

    First, praying for the Smith family.Next, I know the driver of the SUV.He's an excellent young man at the top of his class who possesses more integrity than most adults I know.As mentioned his neck was broken 1 yr. ago, playing a sport he excelled at, due to an unsportsmanlike block.True to his character he battled back never laying blame or speaking ill of the other player.He is extremely conscientious in everything he does & I know he would not behave carelessly while driving.I have been at this turn & with cars lined up in the opposite turning lane its very difficult to see whats coming in the lane next to it , even sitting higher up in my own SUV.I have looked carefully, then made the turn only to see that a car was indeed coming.It's not a matter of patience as suggested. It's truly difficult to see & I've no doubt it would be even harder to see a motorcycle.There are accidents at this intersection regularly so clearly there is a problem.This is a tragedy for everyone involved.

  • ejasmin55 May 25, 2011

    Justin goes to my school and he is my neighbor. He's perhaps one of the sweetest guys that I have ever met. Knowing that this time last year, his neck was broken and now this has happened is heartbreaking. I don't understand why the worst things happen to the best people. I'm praying for both families...

  • jockeyshiftspringer May 25, 2011

    Ooops, and that should have been "you're" not "your"

  • btneast May 25, 2011

    You have to ride like your invisible.

    Yep, or look at each car as if it is going to hit you or pull out in fron of you. But after a while, you let your guard down. It's hard to ride for a long time and keep that level of alertness up all the time.....even then, sometimes you still can't stop in time.

  • jockeyshiftspringer May 25, 2011

    anon99999 "hey both had the right away,..."

    Wrong! Traffic turning always yields to oncoming traffic, unless a green arrow.

  • jockeyshiftspringer May 25, 2011

    Vietnam Vet said: "This kind of accident is the reason I sold my bike. Full size Harley dresser with 3 headlights burning and car drivers just don't see them."

    Pffft, I drive an H2 Hummer and people don't see me either, they'll pull right out in front of me like I'm invisible. It's not that drivers don't see us, it's just their lack off attention. From one rider to another, I wish you would have kept the bike. You have to ride like your invisible.

  • blui1 May 24, 2011

    Yes ,Angela was close to the victim and so was the rest of us. But what gives anybody the right to say negative things about him, he was a experienced driver, can we say that about a 16 year old!!!!!

  • Malaki May 24, 2011

    I'm curious to know how fast the motorcycle was traveling. Most of the ones that pass me on Creedmore are going way over the posted 45mph.

    Sorry, but everyone seems to be busting on the SUV driver because of his age, and I do know there are always two sides to every story.

    My prayers go out to the family of the man who died, but also to the young driver.

  • brielle06 May 24, 2011

    I am a motorcyle rider myself and I personally know Rubin. I rode to the accident site today and drove every possible direction and could see clearly. Regardless of him switching lanes or whatever the truck CLEARLY!! Pulled out in front of him maybe blinded by car sitting in the oncoming turning lane and didn't see him until it was too late.. the sign says YEILD ON GREEN!! I will continue to pray for both families involved!