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Motorcyclist killed on I-40 was Fort Bragg soldier

Posted May 13, 2009
Updated May 15, 2009

— The N.C. Highway Patrol said Wednesday that the motorcyclist involved in a four-vehicle wreck that shut down Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon was a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg.

Troopers said Harold Boyd III, 36, of 4633 Morning Star Lane in Hope Mills, died as a result of the injuries he sustained when a car sideswiped his motorcycle on westbound I-40 near Harrison Avenue in Cary. The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. 

A highway patrol spokesman said that two cars, Boyd's motorcycle and a tractor-trailer were involved in the wreck. No one else was injured.

Trooper C.L. Herring said Anas Dahabi was attempting to change lanes when he hit Boyd. Charges were pending against Dahabi.


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  • UNCfan69 May 14, 2009

    "Can't speak for this accident, and I am so very sorry this man and his family but last week I was driving on Holly Springs Road and a motorcycle driver passed me and then several other cars on double yellow lines going at least 90. Now I am sure that if he had hit someone head on, it would have been the SUVs fault because all of the mc drivers are such great, careful drivers."

    Hey "Grandpeople" The only reason several cars would pass you on a double yellow line is if your going way under the speed limit. Sounds like you shouldn't be driving.

  • BurninStick May 13, 2009

    Look left, look right, then look left again. Repeat if in doubt. Two pick-ups have pulled into my path; 1994 & 2008. Serious injuries both times. Certainly both 4 wheelers and bikers share responsibility for watching out but, after riding for ~37 years, I've found that bikers generally aren't at fault when then two 'meet.' Sound advice for all motor vehicle operators: Look left, look right, then look left again. Repeat if in doubt.

  • Riddickfield May 13, 2009

    That is too bad. When I started a new job out that way years ago and saw what the traffic was like on I-40, I went out and bought a beater car figuring it was just a matter of time before I got punched. I've also said on many occasions that I would never ride a bike on that piece of road. You are just asking for it if you do. Too many idiots driving, talking on their phones and not paying attention.

  • big dog May 13, 2009

    FatCat- thank you for the comments, i'm glad you get it.

    se7enty- the difference between you and i is very simple. you believe that this man died because he was on a motorcycle. i believe he died because a lot of people out there have the wrong "opinions" on how to drive. it doesn't matter what he was driving or riding, he had a god given right to be there and was taken out because people are either to lazy to turn their head and check the blind spot or just don't value life too much.

    also your right, my earlier comment wasn't very rational about the whole licsense thing. but you have to admit most posts on here in regards to bashing motorcyclists aren't very rational either.

  • chivegas May 13, 2009

    As a motorcyclist who's ridden on 5 continents, I can honestly say I'm more scared on the roads here in the U.S. than anywhere I've ridden with the exception of a few Central American countries. For being one of the leading countries when it comes to automobiles and highway systems, we will license just about any bloody idiot to drive. Drivers in our country are lazy, distracted, and not perceptive. That being said, every motorcyclist is acutely aware of car's blind spots and avoids being caught in them. Personally, I avoid Interstates whenever possible because drivers seem to be particularly distracted when they are driving at a high rate of speed in a relatively straight line. This story really is a tragedy, and I hope other drivers will at least think about the next time they're traveling near a 2 wheeler.

  • Adelinthe May 13, 2009

    "i think a majority of motorists' [memorable] encounters with motorcyclists are when they get passed in a no-passing zone going 90 mph. many of them seem reckless."

    Hey! I've had idiots in cars do that too.

    And you shoulda seen the idiot driving the black SUV going south on Walnut Street at about 4 pm last night. Going like a bat out of 7734, weaving in and out of traffic, speeding up on people's bumpers, slamming on the brakes and beeping the horn.

    Don't know what his problem was, but wasn't a kid or a woman - scared the snot out of many. All we wanted to do was get the devil out of his way.

    God bless.


  • Wheelman May 13, 2009

    Limited info in the story. I understood from a report I heard earlier today that the car that hit the MC was not the car that caused the wreck in the first place. It said that a car sideswiped an 18 wheeler, over corrected and hit another car that hit the MC. Anyone else hear this?

  • fourfivesix May 13, 2009

    i included the word memorable on purpose. people's impressions/stereotypes are just that. it's hard to change them. i was just explaining to the other guy how the previous person came to their conclusion, and that he was being irrational, not advocating for either side.

  • boingc May 13, 2009

    Also, as mentioned earlier, what is people's problem with signaling lane changes? At least that way, if you don't see us, we know what you're doing and have time to react!

    Use your signal and I will get out of your way. I realize the size difference and do not wish to be another statistic...

  • boingc May 13, 2009

    Working Woman:

    I appreciate your post. I do realize that some driver do check their blind spots, however I feel that most do not. I do pay attention to this, and I often SEE drivers look in their side-view, and then come on over, without checking over their shoulder.

    You are also correct that motorcycles can be hard to see. Most riders are aware of that and do our best to stay out of blind spots, but that is not always possible. However, motorcycles are not invisible, and can be seen if more drivers would really look (not just glance). I also drive a small car, and have had several near misses in that from people just looking in their side view, and not over their shoulder. There's a reason they teach you to look over your shoulder in driver's ed.

    Again, thank you for properly checking your blind spot. I was not trying to imply that I'm the only one who does.