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Motorcyclist killed in Durham wreck

Posted August 6, 2013

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— A motorcyclist died late Monday after a collision with a car at the intersection of South Alston Avenue and Dayton Street, Durham police said.

According to investigators, Daniel Antwan Osbourne, 36, of Durham, was northbound on South Alston Avenue at about 9 p.m. when his motorcycle ran into a car that was making a left turn onto Dayton Street. 

Osbourne was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon, but police said the crash remains under investigation.

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  • Paul M Aug 6, 2013

    R.I.P Brother

  • kckauf Aug 6, 2013

    Well said, Jimm57. I think a factor in many of these types of crashes, is that, even if the driver of the car sees the motorcyclist, it's something difficult judge the speed and distance of the upcoming bike because the headlight is so small in contrast to the surrounding environment. Extra lights help. Hi viz clothing helps. Moving back and forth within the confines of your lane (for the motorcycle) can help because it's easier to discern a object moving side to side as opposed to coming straight on.

  • Jimm57 Aug 6, 2013

    As a motorcycle rider, we drive knowing that others do not look for us, therefore we must drive like we're invisible. Extra lights and high visible clothing helps, but as Pikis said, there are so many distractions for drivers, and their ability to function a vehicle is only a part time job. Rest in peace brother, please watch for motorcycles, and ride safely my brothers.

  • justjean Aug 6, 2013

    WRAL likes to make it sound as if the accident is the motorcyclists fault. I've noticed that they word the report that way in the last 3 or 4 stories I've read about cagers (car drivers) pulling out in front of a motorcyclists. If they aren't making sound like the motorcyclists fault than they make a point of mentioning whether the rider was wearing a helmet. What's up with that WRAL???

  • pikis71722 Aug 6, 2013

    Vehicles turning left into the path of oncoming motorcycles in the past was the #1 cause of motorcycles accidents. While still a major cause, failure to negotiate a curve has now risen to that top spot. Today's drivers seem to be doing everything else but paying attention to driving their vehicle. When one gets behind the wheel, their primary task should be paying attention to the road and driving. Any small distraction can be very costly. Put the cell phones down. The life you save may be your own......or mine.

  • Vote for Pedro Aug 6, 2013

    It sounds like the car is at fault but the article doesn't give much info. I know bikers injured because a car pulled in front of them. Motorcycle drivers need more respect.

  • kdnole Aug 6, 2013

    The driver is responsible for the death of the rider just like if it were a car. kckauf - you are spot on!

  • kckauf Aug 6, 2013

    The accident occurred because the motorcyclist ran into a car that was making a left turn onto Dayton Street? If the motorcyclist was running north, and the car was making a left onto Dayton, the car driver obviously violated the motorcyclist's right-of-way. The way the article was written, it sounds like it was the motorcyclist's fault when actually the reverse is true.