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Motorcyclist killed in Fayetteville crash

Posted October 7, 2013
Updated October 8, 2013

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— A motorcyclist was killed Monday evening after colliding with a pickup truck in Fayetteville, police said.

Kum Sun Miller was turning left on to Hope Mills Road, near the Spruce Road intersection, in his 1998 Dodge Ram pickup at about 6:30 p.m. when he crossed into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, police said.

The motorcyclist, Diangello Marquies Smith, 22 of Thackeray Drive in Fayetteville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Miller, 57, of 5114 Ponderosa Drive in Fayetteville, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, police said.

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  • btneast Oct 9, 2013

    You didn't see a vehicle that with a rider, is taller than most cars? Louder than most cars? Always has at least a headlight on? Has more visible chrome/shiny surfaces than a car?

    Happens all the time unfortunately. Every time I approached an intersection that a car was waiting to pull out, I had my hand over the brake lever and my foot over the rear brake just in case they pulled out in front of me. I have had people that I see look my way still pull out in front of me. The bottom line is no matter how much people "should " see, or how stiff a penalty you levy, people are STILL going to pull in front of oncoming vehicles. When you enter the arena of cars on a motorcycle (or bicycle), you have to be ultra defensive in order to survive. In a perfect world, all drivers would see, much less check for all traffic, but this is an imperfect world.

  • pedsrndad Oct 8, 2013

    Let me guess what the deadly driver will say, hmm "I did't see him". You didn't see a vehicle that with a rider, is taller than most cars? Louder than most cars? Always has at least a headlight on? Has more visible chrome/shiny surfaces than a car? A misdemeanor charge is an insult to the life of the rider. This man was murdered by the indifference and/or arrogance of the driver of the vehicle that killed him. I am a rider myself and if I get hit by a car making a left turn in front of my bike, the driver better hope I get killed. "bizarro" needs to look around, state law requires motorcycles to have a headlight on at all times when in operation.

  • ncdime1235 Oct 8, 2013

    I agree with ttomalee. People pull in front of me all the time. You have to drive defensively. I also choose not to drive my motorcycle at night because of these and other hazards. My prayers go out to his family. May God help you through this most difficult time.

  • Tommylee Oct 8, 2013

    I have been riding bikes for 35+ years and I have had so many people make an illegal left turn in front of me and I would have to lock up my brakes to prevent a collision. I was always luck. A lot of times I know I made eye contact with some of them before their turn. It has not happened to me in over ten years now due to my defensive driving. I do suggest a loader pipe than factory but not one that's obnoxiously loud, keep the speed down in traffic, make yourself more visible by not riding right beside another car but staggered in traffic. These tips will prevent a lot of the left turn accidents. If you are on the bike you are the one that's going to be injured, not the guy in the car so the Biker has to take all precautions and has to assume the driver will be taking non.
    God Bless This man and his Family

  • ftpc99 Oct 8, 2013

    bizarro - Being aware of who is around you while driving is not being self-righteous, it's being responsible, and that is the whole point.

  • OutofControl Oct 8, 2013

    6:30pm in the evening, skies are starting to darken, and if the motorcycle doesn't have the lights on, they can be hard to see, even for you self-righteous folks out there.

    Unless he was driving a very old school motorcycle, his lights would come on automatically when he turned the key on. Most bikes today are built that way...safety reasons.

  • BH38 Oct 8, 2013

    "misdemeanor death by motor vehicle" really ?? unbelievable !!

  • bizarro Oct 8, 2013

    If you are activly looking for mmotorcycles they are not hard to see at all. For all the decades I've been driving I can honestly say I have never "not seen" a motorcycle and that is because I am always looking.
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    6:30pm in the evening, skies are starting to darken, and if the motorcycle doesn't have the lights on, they can be hard to see, even for you self-righteous folks out there.

  • jdo823 Oct 8, 2013

    Another driver making left turn without yield to oncoming traffic!

    My condolences to the motorcyclist's family.

  • Scubagirl Oct 8, 2013

    Seems to be a daily read! So sad. People REALLY need to pay more attention when driving. They also need to get over thinking THEY are the most important person on the road!

    condolences to the riders family.

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