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Bicyclist, Driver Charged After Accident

Posted October 28, 2007

— Police charged both a bicyclist and a driver who were involved in an accident that shut down Maynard Road on Saturday afternoon.

Ramiro Hernandez Morales, 16, of 220 N. Dixon Ave., was impaired while he was riding a bicycle on Southwest Maynard Road, police said. He collided with a white Ford Focus driven by Justin Edward Vaughn, 226 Blackbird Court, at the intersection with Kildaire Farm Road.

Morales was taken to WakeMed, where police later charged him. He faces one count each of driving-while-impaired and a provisional DWI for underage drinking.

Vaughn was charged with driving with a revoked license.

An update on Morales' medical condition was not available Sunday evening, but officers said his injuries are not considered life threatening.


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  • micah Oct 29, 2007

    Update! The other lawyer that I live with just informed us that as of early this year you CAN get a DUI in NC on a bicycle and a riding lawnmower. Now I know what I'm talking about.

  • micah Oct 29, 2007

    I'm just going by what I read, along with my partners expertise. He is lawyer that deals mostly with DUI cases daily. He just agreed, and read me a statute from a book that states you cannot get a DUI in NC unless you are operating a motorized vehicle. He did, however, say you can be charged with a plethora of other charges. He states that he thinks the guy on the bicycle would have likely been charged with drunk and disorderly, and endangering the public. He does not understand how this could be charged as DUI under current law. He is going to inquire about it tomorrow. That way, I will know what I'm talking about.

  • lizard Oct 29, 2007

    micah - you don't know what you're talking about. This guy was arrested for DWI in Feb ofthis year also. Check the records. About the same circumstances lasttime - he was on a bike and turn into traffic. Stayed in the hospital two weeks at our expense.

  • micah Oct 29, 2007

    While the laws regarding impaired operation have changed a few times in NC over the past decade, a bicycle is considered a non-motorized vehicle when operated on public rights of way, and is NOT considered a vehicle for the purposes of DUI. http://www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle/laws/laws_bikelaws.html

    Bicycles are considered vehicles in most states and jurisdictions, but the laws regarding bicycles and DUI vary wildly and often.

  • onedayatatime Oct 29, 2007

    I hereby nominate this 16 year old for a Darwin Award based on the merits of his decisions to operate a transportation device in an intoxicated state to the detriment of other motorists.

  • patrick85ed Oct 29, 2007

    You can also get a DWI on a horse, or a riding lawnmower, it happens at the beach more than you would think.

  • Run_Forrest_Run Oct 29, 2007

    jhndlp said "Next thing will be DWI for walking down the street.."

    They do - it's called Drunk in PubLIC. (Ron Tatersalad White of Blue Collar Comedy.

    Too many people live here now and don't obey even the simpliest of laws. Doesn't matter where they were born or came from.....its tragic. We law abiding folks don't stand a chance.

  • skypilot-not Oct 29, 2007

    Supidity at its best

  • Raleighnative58 Oct 29, 2007

    I actually came up on this accident just after it happened. I was more worried about the person hit than why it happened.

    I am writing because there is a ton of folks who need a huge THANK YOU for their quick response to help direct traffic and help the victim.

    Praise be to God for those who responded so quickly!

  • Run_Forrest_Run Oct 29, 2007

    Does anyone out there have a valid drivers license? 3 people died last week in Rocky Mount by 2 different car accidents. Both drivers, young females in their 20's with revoked or rescinded licenses. Every accident lately involving hispanics, revoked licenses. Why do I bother to go to the DMV each 5 years? How many people out there are driving illegally? Why do we still have lawmakers creating more laws when the most basic laws are ignored?

    OK - I'm off my soap box now. I'll go get chocolate and maybe make it through Monday. :)