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NC Wanted: Authorities look for leads after deadly crash

Posted June 6, 2015

— Fifteen years ago, authorities say someone playing a deadly prank claimed the life of an avid motorcyclist.

Pete Hicks was riding his motorcycle on June 15, 2000 when troopers say he hit a tree that was lying across Munn Road in Granville County.

"We determined there had been several trees cut," said former Granville County Sheriff David Smith. "Pine trees - probably about 22 to 26 inches in diameter."

Granville County police said the tree was deliberately cut so that it would fall across the road.

"People get a little nervous talking around law enforcement, but when you have an incident where someone was killed, you need to come forward," says state trooper S.E. McHenry. "We need to find out what is going on. We need to seek some closure for the family."

Denise Hicks, Pete's wife, had planned a 40th birthday party for him the night he crashed. She believes strangers killed her husband.

"We deserve to know, and the person that did it should be held responsible," she said.

Authorities say the person responsible lives nearby.

"The person we are looking at is pretty much a local person," Smith said. "We feel like there was more than one person involved. We feel like it was maybe two, three or several people involved."

Anyone with information about the death of Hicks is asked to call 1-866-439-2683.

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