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Motorcyclist killed in Franklin County wreck

Posted March 18, 2012
Updated March 19, 2012

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— A motorcyclist died Saturday night when a car turned in front of his bike in Franklin County, state troopers said.

Troopers said Anthony Young was riding his bike west on Holden Road, near N.C. Highway 1147 outside Youngsville, when a Volkswagen traveling turned left in front of him. His bike crashed into the side of the other vehicle.

Young died of his injuries. 

The Volkswagen driver, Kenneddy Onori, 45, was charged Monday with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to yield.

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  • andreahope777 Mar 22, 2012

    Im going to miss you so much TY. You have impacted my life more than you may have ever known. The person who did this should be locked up and put away forever. He took a life that was so precious to A LOT of people. You are forever in my heart. Be good up there.

  • whateverrrr Mar 20, 2012

    Really?! why are people talking about the type of helmet and all the other stuff?? that's not the important part here!!! what's important is that a FANTASTIC young man lost his life WAYY too young!! he put a smile on everybody's face!! the drivers of the cars need to pay attention more!!! He did NOTHING wrong and nobody should be accusing him in any way!!!!!

  • panblanco Mar 20, 2012

    Tragic. I knew Tony. I'm glad they actually charged her and I hope it sticks. I would love to hear the details as if she was distracted driving at the time or under the influence. Tony was a good kid with his life ahead of him, such a sad unnecessary loss.

  • justjean Mar 19, 2012

    I also have a windshield on my bike so wind is not an issue, and I wear glasses, plus I'm claustraphobic, so a full face helmet would never be an option for me. Either way, whatever type of helmet you wear or don't wear, everyone of us is a moving target out there. Want to learn more or want to get involved with changing the laws in NC, then check out CBA/ABATE of Raleigh. We would be glad to have you come to a meeting and see what we are doing to try and keep motorcyclists safer. :)

  • NoRespect Mar 19, 2012

    Thanks for the support, Xaioding...

    My bike has a full fairing with adjustable windshield. So, turbulence behind the fairing is greatly reduced. I don't miss that pressure on my chest, the buffeting from the wind, or bugs, or the sting of rain... And, I don't have to wear ear plugs to knock the noise down.

  • Xiaoding Mar 19, 2012

    "NoRespect, full-face helmets are NOT a better option, they restrict your peripheral vision and your hearing,"

    No, vision is fine, perhaps some very slight obstruction on the side. Hearing? Are you kidding me? The air blowing in your ears, that helps hearing?

    Full face is also a much smother ride, your head doesn't bob around like a doll.

  • killing_me_softly Mar 19, 2012

    Is this a crowded road? Really don't see how this could have happened. In the city, hard to avoid, but in the country, just keep an eye out for driveways.

    Unfortunately, it happens on all types of roads. That left turn from a car driver and into a biker. Really not uncommon at all. If you research accidents this year, you will see that they are just like this one. May the victim rest in peace, from one biker to another.

  • NoRespect Mar 19, 2012

    JustJean... I can appreciate your thinking about full-face helmets. However, I also disagree.

    My full-face helmet does not restrict my vision to the side. I can see everything out that direction that I can without a helmet. As for protection, I don't expect to land on the top of my head when I fall. I am planning for that "face-plant" onto the pavement. Or, some other hard object (i.e. someones hood or windshield). Or, someone striking me as I roll on the roadway. Guess I'd rather be as safe as possible, rather than sorry.

    Maybe its because I'm older now. But, I've been riding a long time. And, yes, I've fallen and/or laid-down a bike before. Every rider has or will one day... Its inevitable. I just don't want to risk my body any more than I have to and yet still be able to enjoy the ride.

  • justjean Mar 19, 2012

    NoRespect, full-face helmets are NOT a better option, they restrict your peripheral vision and your hearing, which is not a good thing. All the other items make perfect sense, but it is still up to the rider to take the initiative to wear them, unless you prefer more government intrusion in your life.

  • NoRespect Mar 19, 2012

    There is a theme here... Riders need to be seen. And, be highly alert to their surroundings.

    Headlights are required to be on at all times in NC. That is a start... Hi-Vis protective clothing (ballistic jackets with armor), proper boots, full-face helmet, gloves with armor, etc.. We riders need to be prepared to hit the ground... because it will happen, regardless of how safe we ride. Or, how "good" a rider we are.

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