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Navy corpsman hit, killed while riding bike

Posted July 19, 2012
Updated July 20, 2012

— A driver struck and killed a Navy corpsman riding his bike at Camp Lejeune on Wednesday, the military announced Thursday.

Lejeune authorities said they are investigating the crash that killed Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Harris, 33, of Orange Park, Fla.

Harris was a Fleet Marine Force corpsman assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. He joined the Navy in August 2008 and was promoted to his current rank in June.

Harris was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. His awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and NATO Medal.


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  • sggoodri Jul 20, 2012

    I prefer to wait for crash investigations before complete before espousing on what would have prevented a crash. Was this related to the pre-sunrise lighting conditions? Did someone lose control? Was this at an intersection or mid-block? Addressing the actual operational issues is more productive than venting one's prejudices void of factual support.

  • sggoodri Jul 20, 2012

    To be accurate, it is only "fully controlled access highways" that are prohbited to bicyclists in NC. These are "freeway" type facilities that have no driveways and no at-grade intersections and are redundant to the normal surface highways. The NC vehicle code legally defines "highway" as follows: "Highway. – The entire width between property or right‑of‑way lines of every way or place of whatever nature, when any part thereof is open to the use of the public as a matter of right for the purposes of vehicular traffic. The terms "highway" and "street" and their cognates are synonymous." This differs from the popular use of the word as a main road, but the definition is important for understanding the NC vehicle code laws. FYI the prohibition on bicycling on fully controlled access highways appears in the NC administrative code, not Chapter 20.

  • Blindman Jul 20, 2012

    Moderator - Please Unsubscribe me from this liberal rag. Post what meets your criteria and ignore the rest. PhuQ

  • piene2 Jul 20, 2012

    "I can't wait to hear the comments from the anti-bike riding contingent on this terrible story. I wonder if they'll remain consistent.
    Tricky Dick is Not A Crook

    "Of course their comments will be consistent. All they care about is taking the entire road to drive their massive truckee things.

    One small thing Tricky Dick is Not A Crook. You need to change your screen name to, Tricky Dick WAS Not A Crook. The man passed away years ago. And by the way, I agree with you on that point.

  • dirkdiggler Jul 20, 2012

    thanks for explaining further, corey :)

  • The Fox Jul 20, 2012

    I wish our roads were more bike friendly. Yes, I work for the DOT.

  • Voice of Reason 23 Jul 20, 2012

    "Bicycles are a hazard to motorists and should not have access to highways."

    I completely agree. That is why the driver's handbook specifies that bicycles are not permitted on HIGHWAYS. If you aren't familiar with the definition of a highway, you might need remedial driver's ed training, and probably shouldn't be driving. If you want to never encounter a bicyclist on the road, please make use of the highways to get from location to location and try to minimize your use of two lane country roads, so that we can cycle on them.

  • pat7 Jul 20, 2012

    RIP May the famly know that he was a true hero in most peoples eyes.

  • smcallah Jul 20, 2012

    "Bicycles are a hazard to motorists and should not have access to highways. Use the sidewalks or join a gym."

    Drivers like you are a hazard to bicyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers and should not have access to roads. Use your feet or ride the bus.

    It takes an extra few seconds to slow down around a bike and to safely pass. If you can't take that time and be considerate then you should reevaluate your life.

  • Trekker Jul 20, 2012

    This man served his country and he served it well. I wouldn't think it would be too much to ask that he could ride his bike without being run down. If you are one of the many that drive so bad that you can't avoid a cyclist than do us all a favor and use public transportation.