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Motorcyclist killed in Durham wreck

Posted March 7, 2012
Updated March 8, 2012

— Police are investigating a wreck at the intersection of Fayetteville Street and Hanson Road in Durham on Wednesday that left a motorcyclist dead.

The wreck happened just before noon when a car pulled out from Hanson Road onto Fayetteville Street and struck one of three motorcycles heading south, police said. The other two motorcyclists were able to veer out of the way and avoid the collision.

The motorcyclist, Tomas Sebastian Castillo, 33, of Durham, was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Phil Ford, one of the two motorcyclists who was able to avoid the car, said Thursday that he plans to conduct a charity ride in memory of Castillo.

"He was a good friend. He died doing what he really loved," Ford said as he and other motorcyclists gathered near the collision site. "He worked on bikes, and he was a family man."

The driver of the car, Hazeline Rempson, of Durham, wasn't injured.

No charges have been filed, but the wreck remains under investigation, police said.


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  • busagirl80 Mar 9, 2012

    I didn't know this man but my prayers go out to his family!!! Me and my boyfriend are riders also and there are a lot of 4 wheelers that don't respect 2 wheelers! people can hear us coming specialy when we are in a pack!!!! And its a shame it be the vehicle fault and they don't even get charged with anything! 4wheelers need to have more respect for bikes!!!!!

  • luvstoQ Mar 9, 2012

    I cringe when I think of how vulnerable motorcycle drivers are. My nephew died when he struck the back of a stopped logging truck at night with NO LIGHTS!! 17 years old and no chance - was so sad, and his parents happened to be almost first passing by. My son rode, I was terrified until he quit, he knew it upset me. We all need to be more aware - I have seen motorcycle drivers also careless, weaving in and out on interstate, but most of them seem to drive responsibly. So sorry for his family and friends.

  • udaycoosay Mar 8, 2012

    I may be, donkey, but I know the difference between "your" and "you're".

    Keep believing in loud pipes. It's your life, not mine.

  • Comfortably Numb Mar 8, 2012

    you are still at grave risk.
    The only reason they are at risk is because of the way auto drivers drive.

  • Comfortably Numb Mar 8, 2012

    Loud pipes just like fighter jets and gunshots are THE SOUND OF FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!

  • sidneybeamon Mar 8, 2012

    I think everybody should have to ride motorcycles just think of the gas this country could save.

  • donkeypendergraph Mar 8, 2012

    RIP Brother! Loud pipes do save lives, Most ignorant 4wheel drivers drive around on the phone eating and not paying attention to anyone else on the road. If you abuse me on the road and i live through it you will feel my roar! and udaycoosay your a fool! plain and simple!

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 8, 2012

    There just no telling when someone will pull out in front of ya, so ya have to watch out. Riding a full dresser, load pipe, Big bike and I'm pretty big guy, wear a white helmet to stand out. Going home at 12:30 pm one afternoon, on a straight away, I saw the preacher's wife starting to pull out of her driveway, I was looking right at her, an knew she was going to pull out in front of me by the look on her face. So I slowed down and sure enough, she pulls out. Locked up the brakes and hit in the rear, but didn't lose control of the bike. She never even stopped, just keep going on down the road. I'm been very lucky over the years and have only wrecked once on a bike. (but that one still hurt today 25 years later). I will certainly credit my luck to the motorcycle defensive driving course I took. Live to ride and ride to live.

  • Xiaoding Mar 8, 2012

    "Motorcyclists think they are better than caged drivers and they have better vision. "

    No "think" about it, they ARE better. You have no idea how bad a driver you are, unitl you riden a bike for awhile.

    Loud pipes annoy, and that' it.

    In France, you kill a motorcyclist, you go to jail. Period. No excuses.

    Since it was noontime, I doubt the sun had anything to do with it, though I would have to see the lay of the land. Glad I live more in the county, I don't even like driving my car on that road! RIP.

  • udaycoosay Mar 8, 2012

    Elderly drivers are a real hazard, and I stopped riding after a friend lost his leg when he was hit by a woman who was 84. It's not a game out there, riders, and even with your loud pipes and belligerent attitude, you are still at grave risk.