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Motorcyclist Killed in Raleigh Wreck

Posted April 13, 2007

— A motorcyclist was killed Friday afternoon when he collided with a sport utility vehicle on Wake Forest Road, police said.

Jason Alexas Joyce, 29, of 3813 Boddie Drive in Raleigh, was southbound on Wake Forest Road between Six Forks Road and Creekside Drive when he collided with a GMC driven by Edward Graham Stephenson, 68, of 2334 Elevation Road in Four Oaks shortly after noon, police said.

Joyce was pronounced dead at WakeMed, police said.

Stephenson told investigators that he was turning left into a business when he heard a motorcycle engine revving and saw a motorcycle approaching at a high rate of speed, police said.

No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.

The wreck closed one side of Wake Forest Road, snarling traffic, as police investigated and cleared the scene.


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  • BMG-HondaRider Apr 25, 2007

    I know no details but was in the area just after that took Jason away. I too am a rider and pass the very spot every day to and from work. I cross myself as I pass the stain where his life trickled away. Though I did not know him, being a rider I feel a conection and reading the love for him in the comments here, I am sure we would have been friends. Bless us all and keep us safe.

  • mel Apr 20, 2007

    Jason was my brother.. He was the greatest, he was not only my brother but my best friend. If anyone saw the accident please contact me at spruill12@earthlink.net My family and me will greatly appreciate it

  • KT8S Apr 17, 2007

    I do not know what has made some of you feel the need to bash the motorcyclist or the SUV driver. Jason, the man on the bike, was a good friend of both me and my husband, and we are close friends with his girlfriend. While I do not know the family of the SUV driver, my heart bleeds for them, too.

    This was a tragedy, folks, not a soap opera or a "who done it". I do not feel it appropriate to make judgments against others if you were not involved first hand in this incident, or in the lives of both sets of victims and their families. PLEASE refrain from posting inappropriate or hurtful comments. We are all grieving his loss, and we need to be surrounded by positivity, not negativity. All you "nay sayers", please stay away! Thank you!

  • Lizzypoo Apr 17, 2007

    Jason took me on rides on both his bikes, lots of times. He was always very careful and safe. I loved riding with him and he will never be replaced. I will always be honored in saying that Jason Joyce was my good friend.

  • deerocks Apr 16, 2007

    how sad i am to hear of jasons death. This is a great and terrible loss to so many people....people who knew and loved him and those who had not met him yet but who had heard his incredible talent as a musician. if you knew him at all you knew his friends and family absolutely adored this man.He and his dad were so very close a relationship most only dream of..The band he is in was a group of friends that had been through high school and proms and loss together. they were more than a band they were all family. today they are stunned at this great loss as am i. the world has lost such a sweet sweet voice and a beat like no other.....the world is poorer for the loss of jason joyce and he shall be missed forever.I do take comfort that he was doing something he loved when he left us however hard that is...
    my prayers to his family and friends. d carroll

  • Papa Byrd Apr 15, 2007

    To Jason, I was Papa Byrd. He was a best friend to both my son and daughter. I send my prayers and condolences to his parents as well as to all his family and friends. We will miss him greatly as he always brought a smile to our faces. I, too being a bike rider for over 30 years know the dangers. As I also lost my Dad to a motorcycle accident 20 years ago in very nearly the same circumstances. So Please, drivers, hangup the phone and pay closer attention to your driving. As for placing blame we don't need that here. A True Friend and Loved One is lost to us now. Pray for the family and friends, of both families.

  • whsamanda Apr 15, 2007

    For the lucky people that actually knew Jason, know that he was one of the safest motorcycle riders in this state!!! We dont care what you ignorant asses think about whos fault it was, we know. People should be more concerned about praying for both famalies than bashing on either party. Jason was a great person and friend to alot of people and he will be truly missed!!!

  • Honda1000rider Apr 14, 2007

    My prayers and thoughts go out to both families involved. I lost a good friend last week due to a motorcycle accident. They are dangerous, but I ride myself and know that you have to be aware of your surroundings at all times. I also know that a lot of drivers on the road don't care about or pay attention to motorcycles. They have as much right to be on the road as cars. Also the Raleigh Police Department has done a tremendous job cracking down on speeders. Sometimes they target innocent people like myself when they aren't doing anything. Truth is everyone needs to pay more attention and please don't place blame unless all the facts are given. Also judgement is for God not for man.

  • hollywood Apr 14, 2007

    A witness in the N&O said he was going really fast....motorcycles are very dangerous...you see them flying up and down Capital Blvd cutting in and out of traffic all the time...police need to crack down on these things this summer. It's is really sad that such a young person lost his life on one of these things!

  • WXYZ Apr 14, 2007

    I arrived on the scene soon after EMS arrived. From what I heard and saw, the driver of the SUV was trying to making a quick left turn and probably failed to yield right of way. This happened on Wake Forest Road at the shopping center entrance next to McDonalds. I have seen other wrecks at the same place because there is no stop light at this "T" intersection and no sign which forbids left turns there. At lunch time, this place is a very busy and dangerous because people are trying to make quick, left turns, both out of and into this shopping center. This, in addition to the tremendous number of cars going through the very closeby Six Forest and Wake Forest Road intersection, many of which are turning right on red. Remember folks, the left turn is the most dangerous move you can make in any vehicle and leads to more rear end, front end and side collisions than any other maneuver. Also, motorcyclists, GO SLOW at or near intersections and assume they DO NOT SEE YOU.