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Motorcyclist killed in Princeton wreck

Posted August 1, 2009
Updated August 2, 2009

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— An 18-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a wreck with a vehicle on Rains Mill Road near Old Cornwallis Road Saturday afternoon, the state Highway Patrol said.

Tyler Dean Smith, of Princeton, crossed the center line and hit a minivan head-on, troopers said.

Police said driver's inexperience played a role in the wreck. Smith had not completed the training class and test required to receive an endorsement to drive a motorcycle.

No one in the minivan was injured.

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  • judge Aug 3, 2009

    Another report says witnesses reported a visible wobble and that the speed was about 45 mph. This can happen for several reasons; often under-inflated tires. A sudden wobble is difficult to contend with, even for people with many miles of experience. If anyone suddenly experiences wobble, back off the throttle, and avoid braking hard. A BRE course, which is what the state is considering mandating for people under 18, does not get into this level of training.

  • judge Aug 3, 2009

    The NC House passed SB 64 Motorcycle Learners Permit bill on Thursday, and it is on its' way to the Senate for concurrence. If the Senate concurs and the bill is signed, the mandatory (and expensive) training classes would be effective in 2011. Novice riders would still be allowed an LP.

  • judge Aug 3, 2009

    Please correct this article. There is proposed legislation, but there is currently no safety course requirement, and there should not be one. The story makes it appear that this person is dead because he did not take a course. Please report the actual cause of the crash. For a detailed story about the legislative proposal, please see http://nchome.us

    My condolences to the family and friends.

  • mgm Aug 3, 2009

    "Smith had not completed the training class and test required to receive an endorsement to drive a motorcycle"

    There is NO training class required to receive an endorsement. Actually you can take a 25 question test and get a learner's permit - walk right out the door and drive a motorcycle on the highway for 18 months. To get an endorsement you simply have to pass a driving test at DMV. No class is required. If you take and pass a safety class you are not required to take the driving test.