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Motorcyclist dies in wreck after chase

Posted May 6, 2010

— A motorcyclist died in a wreck shortly after speeding at more than 100 mph in a chase by Henderson police last Friday night, state troopers said Thursday.

Troopers said that an officer tried to stop Douglas Jermaine Russell, 33, of Henderson, but he refused to stop and led police on a high-speed chase. Police called off the chase when Russell crossed outside the city limits.

Shortly after, Russell veered left of center on Stewart Farm Road, and his 2010 Yamaha motorcycle struck the front left corner of an oncoming 1999 Ford passenger car, troopers said. Russell was thrown from the motorcycle and died of his injuries.

Russell was traveling 110 mph at the time of impact, and the Ford was going 45 mph, according to the wreck report.

The Ford driver, Ricky Alfonzo Fuller, 44, was not injured. Troopers cited him for driving with a revoked license.


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  • SilverWolf May 7, 2010


    I, too, wonder what group he is speaking of. I ride daily, accounting for some 30,000 miles each year on my bike. I guess that makes me a biker and part of the group he is referring too as well. Guess what, pal, I'll take bikers over you mindless NC democrats any day of the week.

  • NCAries May 7, 2010

    ... a certain group of people in America ... - geesh...

    Geesh is right...hope that means something other than what it reads like.

  • SilverWolf May 7, 2010

    People need to learn that trying to run from the cops is useless. You can not out run the radio and more often than not innocent people end up being hurt or killed. It also places the officers in a bad position as well, forcing them into a situation they'd probably rather not be in. Its really a no win situation for everyone. Moral of the post...when the blue lights start flashing, pull over and take what's coming to you rather than placing your fellow citizens in harms way.

  • wralgolo2 May 6, 2010

    Xiaoding -- An educated rider could have gotten away on most any motorcycle.

    I am curious as to why they were trying to stop him in the first place, since its obvious WRAL's reporting is lacking... AGAIN.

  • jackieflash42 May 6, 2010

    Going 100 mph in a car is dangerous enough..doing it on a motorcycle and running from the law ain't exactly the smartest thing to do. I guess some people never learn. Can't wait to see how the anti-police crowd try and spin this one.

  • Xiaoding May 6, 2010

    Must have been driving a cruiser type of bike, a sportbike would have gotten away.

    Unlucky Mr. Fuller! Just driving down the street, gets nailed by the bike and the cops! Bad day all around.

  • wildcat May 6, 2010

    so sad to here this. my condolences to the family and friends.

  • fishon May 6, 2010

    too bad he ran

  • HadEnough May 6, 2010

    Think about it. Running from the cops has gone on forever. Look at the old Keystone cop movies. If they weren't chasing criminals what would they do? Come and get me copper!

  • Just the facts mam May 6, 2010

    I wonder when a certain group of people in America are going to start respecting the laws - geesh...