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Bicyclist Dies After Crash Near N.C. State

Posted April 23, 2008
Updated April 24, 2008

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— A North Carolina State University student spent most of his 21st birthday in jail. Police charged he was drunk when his pickup truck hit a bicyclist near campus Wednesday morning, inflicting fatal injuries.

According to a Raleigh police report, Brian Anthony Reid's Ford F-150 hit Nancy Antoine Leidy near the campus at Nazareth Street and Crusader Drive.

"I was devastated," Leidy's friend, Vince Foote, said.

They had been friends for nearly 30 years.

"They are two (Leidy and her husband) beautiful people and they would do anything for you," Foote said.

Leidy, 60, was known for her homemade bread and prize-winning jelly, as well as her compassionate nature, Foote said.

The former N. C. State lab assistant organized a support group for wives whose husbands were deployed in Operation Desert Storm.

"That was first and foremost her interest, and she worked very hard and made them feel needed and wanted while their husbands were away,” Foote said.

Leidy was also a runner and had recently started biking.

"I think, in fact, she had probably just took up the bicycle within the last couple of weeks," Foote said.

Reid, 21, of 310 S. Sixty Court in Graham, registered a 0.12 in an alcohol breath test. He was charged with one count each of driving while impaired, felony assault by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed.

Leidy was riding on the right-hand side of the road and was wearing a helmet when she was hit, police said.

She was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh with a ruptured aorta. Leidy died at 7:45 p.m., a WakeMed spokesperson said.

"There's no way I can forgive him for doing that because he hurt my friend," Foote said.

Reid, a junior engineering major at N.C. State, was released on a $10,000 secured bond Wednesday evening. Reid could face additional charges in connection with Leidy's death.

"I think it's unfortunate. The kid was 21 and celebrating. I hope to God he doesn't ever drink again,” Foote said.

Reid's attorney, Rusty DeMent, declined to comment on the case.


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  • QueenBee Apr 28, 2008

    "I'd have to read a full report to help on my question. I wonder if she had lights on her bike? After dusk/sunset bikes are REQUIRED to have lights on front and red tail light (illuminated). They don't have to be mega lights, but lights are required."

    You do know this happened at 11 AM don't you....

  • Travised Apr 24, 2008

    Steve, your early post sounds like the pilots suggestion. That is 24 hours bottle to throttle. FAA has TIGHT standards, If you are caught with any alcohol in your system when behind the yolk you are facing serious fines or the pull of your license. Imagine is drivers would do the same.

  • Travised Apr 24, 2008

    I'd have to read a full report to help on my question. I wonder if she had lights on her bike? After dusk/sunset bikes are REQUIRED to have lights on front and red tail light (illuminated). They don't have to be mega lights, but lights are required. It helps in most cases to be seen beter, however in some college towns in encourages the kids to try and run you off the road (had that happen before).

    Same standards for cars apply to bikes. You need lights in dusk/night, bike in the proper direction, use the roads not sidewalks, and you can't bike when intoxicated.

  • FromClayton Apr 24, 2008

    deacon - the bail is not set because of your skin color. it is set because of your flight risk. This guy is not considered a flight risk like an illegal is. They can sneak out the same way they snuck in. Get your facts striaght and learn the law before you just go shaking fingers and calling everyone hypocrites.

  • Deacons Apr 24, 2008

    Alicat I agree completely! Also, if this person were Latino (legal or illegal) his bail would have been $1 million, if any bail at all and everyone would want to put him in jail and throw away the key. However, since he is not Latino, we need to help the young man. I am so sick of hypocrites in this country.

  • BeachBum08 Apr 24, 2008

    I havent read any comments yet but ive had to let go of a really good friend of mine b/c he was driving drunk and wrecked. Killed his friend that was riding and paralyzed him. He is still drinking to this day. I cant stand to see him hold a beer in his hand after he has killed someone, gotten away with it, and shows no remorse. Not only did he kill his friend but he took away a little boy's dad!

  • Alicat Apr 24, 2008

    There should be not sympathy for this driver. He made a really bad and stupid choice and he MADE it. He is responsible He is at fault not how much he drank. Doubt anyone put a gun to his head and said chug my man chug. Think before you drink and better yet be where you will stay all night before you drink too. you don't belong on the road behind a wheel driving. Good grief. This is crazy that people think to have sympathy for him and his "bright" future. He isn't very bright if you ask me. And before anyone says I must have done something like this, NO, never did drink and drive. NEVER.

  • Alicat Apr 24, 2008

    Alcohol leads to trouble. Drink responsibly but noone ever seems to do that anymore. My heart breaks for the family with this horrible loss. I just don't understand what possesses anyone to drink and drive. Fools each and everyone and add murderer to this one.

  • Deacons Apr 24, 2008

    I agree with Steve Crisp

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 24, 2008

    The 21 yer old student made a terrible mistake. I truly hate that the lady died, and I am praying for her family as well as the student and his family too.

    He made a mistake. Don't condemn him. He just lost a bright future; probably. Again, lets pray for all families involved.