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Motorcyclist killed in US 401 crash in Franklin County

Posted August 12, 2011

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— A motorcyclist was killed Friday morning in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 401 in Franklin County, authorities said.

A 2003 Infiniti was southbound on U.S. 401 at about 5 a.m. when the driver tried to pass another vehicle and collided with a northbound 2007 Harley Davidson about a half-mile north of N.C. Highway 98, authorities said.

The motorcyclist, Philip Munson, 51, of South Creek Drive in Louisburg, died at the scene. The driver of the Infiniti, Gorge Luis Labra, 20, of Cedar Bluff Lane in Louisburg, was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment of a broken leg and other injuries.

Motorcyclist killed in US 401 crash in Louisburg Motorcyclist killed in Louisburg crash

Labra was charged with driving while impaired, improper passing and not having a driver's license. Authorities said more charges are possible once they get the results of blood tests.

The highway was closed for about three hours between N.C. 98 and Tarboro road as Highway Patrol troopers investigated the crash and cleared away the wreckage.

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  • jchannel Aug 15, 2011

    @echaze- You may have missed it in the story- He didn't have a license to lose in the first place. So he will get 2 years probation for misdemeanor death by vehicle, and get right back behind the wheel of a car, illegally. Sad! Prayers for the family of the motorcyclist.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 12, 2011

    I GUESS A LOT OF COMMENTS ARE BEING CENSORED ON THIS. WHY I DO NOT KNOW.....
    delilahk2000
    August 12, 2011 3:24 p.m.
    Monitors been pretty busy with the voter fraud story for one. I would guess that a lot of the comments were pretty hateful after they released more details. It does kind of gets your blood boiling.

  • delilahk2000 Aug 12, 2011

    I GUESS A LOT OF COMMENTS ARE BEING CENSORED ON THIS. WHY I DO NOT KNOW.....

  • fwright1976 Aug 12, 2011

    Labra was charged with driving while impaired, improper passing and not having a driver's license. Authorities said more charges are possible once they get the results of blood tests."

    well who didnt know the story would end this way!

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 12, 2011

    Yep here is the rest of the story. The no driver license is a pretty good clue that he may of not even was suppose to be in this country.

  • cbarnett Aug 12, 2011

    "Labra was charged with driving while impaired, improper passing and not having a driver's license. Authorities said more charges are possible once they get the results of blood tests."

    THAT'S what the driver was doing wrong.

  • tmed1938 Aug 12, 2011

    computer trainer,what planet are you on?,you Have to pass the eye exam to renew your driver's license.The only license you can get through the mail is the tag for the vehicle!

  • tmed1938 Aug 12, 2011

    lynnpageross,I know it sounds wierd,but the manual recommendsthis becauseriding to the far right gives room for the impatient drivers to pass a MC even with cars coming from the opposite direction.

  • wa4dou Aug 12, 2011

    "coulda been mechanical failure, medical problem, texting who knows I wont jump to conclusions but it is very sad."

    No one here is jumping to conclusions. We are "speculating" on possibilities that we are aware of.

  • tmed1938 Aug 12, 2011

    Hey edits ,the driver of the car was doing something they shouldn't have been,CROSSING THE CENTERLINE,for Pete's sake. I drive that stretch of road all the time,the road is WIDE ,no need for crossing the center at all,but I've had drivers do the same to me ,but I had time to take action.

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