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Motorcyclist killed in head-on collision

Posted August 24, 2010

— A Cary man was killed Tuesday morning when an SUV collided head-on with his motorcycle.

Deanna Boone, a spokeswoman for the town, said the motorcycle was traveling north on Davis Drive when the southbound SUV turning left onto Waldo Rood Boulevard slammed into it.

The motorcyclist, Tomoichi Martin Cummings, 54, of 117 Ashwyn Court, was transported to Duke University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Boone said an initial investigation of the wreck found that the SUV's driver, Doris Yates Upchurch, 80, of 2132 Carpenter Upchurch Road in Cary, was at fault.

Charges are pending.

It was unclear whether rain Tuesday morning was a factor in the wreck.

Davis Drive at Salem Church Road was closed for several hours as a result of the wreck.


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  • lillypeace Aug 25, 2010

    Sorry for your loss. Hope this is a lesson to ALL to watch out for motorcyles and bicycles. I ride a motorcyle, drive a car and truck too. You have to be careful.

  • ginnnathan Aug 25, 2010

    Tomo was my best friend father. he was a very good rider and was wearing his helmet. He will be deeply missed. Its not the fact that Upchurch was old, or upset. She made an error. God bless all involved. Thank you to all those at the accident for stepping up to the call and giving first aid before EMS arrived.


  • alaska Aug 25, 2010

    I worked with Tomo in a previous life. He will be missed.

  • OhYeah Aug 25, 2010

    "Mrs. Upchurch sweetest lady in the world. On her way to hospital to see husband who was taken by Ambulance last night."

    Where were her kids/relatives/neighbors? Shouldn't one of them have driven her as she was probably distressed that her husband was in the hospital to begin with.

  • blasernj Aug 24, 2010

    I'm not putting the blame on this, but those yellow blinking left turn signals are very confusing and I have seen more near accidents caused by those than I have at other lights without them. On a different note, I ride a motorcycle and drive a car. All the fellow bikers here saying that car and SUV drivers need to learn to see bikes, we are sometimes just impossible to see. In some circumstances a motorcycle is cut off by the most careful of all drivers. I have almost cut off a biker and have been cut off and almost hit while on my bike. You can't expect to be seen always, we're riding on tiny pieces of metal not much bigger than ourselves. Its up to us to ensure our own safety. Drive defensively and as if no one sees you.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Aug 24, 2010

    My basic rule of the road is to never assume the other guy is going to stop just because of a red light or a stop sign. Drive defensively.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Aug 24, 2010

    "The AARP would be up in arms."

    The ARRP is nothing more than an insurance selling company. They no longer have any veracity.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Aug 24, 2010

    "It would be my wish that no one rode motorcycles on our highways "

    Really? It would be my wish that they jail drivers that behave recklessly and cause such tragedy.

  • marathonk Aug 24, 2010

    "Plus,more drivers have increased worries of our economic times on their mind to distract them.My sympathies to all in today's tragedy."

    That's about the most lame excuse I've heard recently about driver inattentiveness. If you can't drive in a safe and focused manner, sell your vehicle and utilize mass transportation.

  • CampbellGrad Aug 24, 2010

    I had the opportunity to work with Tomo Cummings and will miss his smile, friendship and advice. My prayers go to his family. He will be missed.