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Motorcyclist killed in Fayetteville wreck

Posted October 21, 2010
Updated October 22, 2010

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— One motorcyclist died and a second was injured in a three-vehicle wreck on Bragg Boulevard Thursday night, police said.

The driver of a 2005 Ford was turning right from Bragg Boulevard onto Barrington Cross St. shortly before 10 p.m., police said. The Ford was struck in the rear by an eastbound motorcycle ridden by Robert Nichols, 41.

Ted Sarbaugh, 42, who was accompanying Nichols, also lost control of his bike and was ejected, police said.

Nichols, of Belcamp, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene. Sarbaugh was treated for injuries at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

No charges have been filed, but police continue to investigate the wreck.


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  • Nanny113 Oct 22, 2010

    This is an issue for any driver (whether on a bike or in a vehicle)...drivers turning right out of side streets whether at a stop sign or a red light seem to think they have the right of way. Drives me nuts as I see this countless times every day on my drive into work. No one has any patience to wait until it is they have the room to enter into the lane of traffic tha is already moving and it is not usually them that suffer the greatest consequences when they pull out in front of someone!

  • danunger Oct 22, 2010

    I stand corrected in my earlier comment, now as it turns out the truck turned from the side street in front of the bikes. Still, don't trust any other driver on the road and always be on the lookout for the "person" that will make riders take evasive actions. Heart still goes out to the family of the fallen rider.

  • danunger Oct 22, 2010

    Truck turning right off B Blvd, hit by 2 bikes, riders probably following too close even if truck did not signal. BLUF, riders be aware of what is ahead of you and the vehicle(s) in front/behind you. Been riding for a great many years and riders, if you hit a turning vehicle in the rear, you're not paying attention. Heart goes out to the rider and his family.

  • knockitoff Oct 22, 2010

    Look twice you might save a life!

  • kellypratz Oct 22, 2010

    looks like the truck did not see the motorcycle coming and pulled out. I don't know how many times I have heard "I didn't see the motorcycle officer". Same scenario happened to my husband few years back, truck pulled right out when he was coming and my husband slammed into him. Luckily he was not hurt badly but the guy said he didn't see him coming. Pay attention people when your driving.