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Cyclist recovering from second hit-and-run

Posted May 24, 2008
Updated May 29, 2008

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— Bicyclist Jason Jennette remembers flying through the air “like a rag doll” in a collision with a car.

Jennette, the victim of a hit and run collision Monday, said he was struck while riding his motorized bicycle on Western Boulevard approaching Nazareth Street.

The crash left the Jennette, of Benson, bed-ridden with a pelvis broken in two spots.

“There’s so many things that you take for granted…being able to walk into the next room,” he said Saturday.

Jennette said his doctors aren't sure how long he'll be bed-ridden, but this isn’t the first time Jennette has been hit by a car while riding his bike.

Nearly a decade ago, another hit and run driver struck him in the eastern part of the state.

“It’s not acceptable for someone to hit somebody and leave them on the side of the road,” he said.

For seven years Jennette worked at the All-Star Bike Shop, 1427 S.E. Maynard St. in Cary. Shop owner Don Oster said he is trying to raise money to help Jennette.

Jennette's incident by Nazareth Street was the second bicycle-related crash there in less than a month.

In April, police said North Carolina State student Brian Anthony Reid, 21, struck bicyclist Nancy Leidy. Leidy, 60, died from her injuries. Reid is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed in connection with the incident.

Jennette said the people who struck him in both situations were never found.

Each year more than 900 crashes involving bicyclists are reported. Most accidents occur between May and September.

May is National Bicycle Safety Month.

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  • Obama-is-a-retard May 26, 2008

    §20-146(b) any vehicle proceeding at less than the legal maximum speed limit shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for thru traffic, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the highway except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn.

    Lets break this down.

    When a through traffic lane is marked in your direction of travel, then you use the clause prior to the or

    When there is no lane marked you use the statement after the or.

    So the laws says I am supposed to be in the travel lane not out of it.

  • Obama-is-a-retard May 26, 2008

    Well when I going to/from work it happens to be rush hour. I'm doing the same thing you are commuting. I just choose to commute by bicycle. Since the laws says I can ride I do.

    Stop at stop signs? I do at every one. I seen dozens of cars daily that do not stop at stop signs. I see cars everyday run red lights.

    Both sides of the coin break laws. So maybe we should not allow cars to drive on our roads either since they don't seem to follow the laws. If cars followed the laws we would not have red light cameras giving out hundreds of tickets a year.

  • ncguy May 26, 2008

    Joan B,
    While it might be the law, the fact that riding on the side of the hwy at rush hour is a not smart move. While I'm polite to riders it does frustrate me.
    Then on the other hand, I have seen bad apples among riders also- using the law to there advantage, but not abiding to even fundamental driving laws that I have to everday.
    Example: Slipping between cars at intersections, Oh and the raise my arm thing is always a good one- "Hey" I'm raising my arm so get out of the way because I'm making a wide turn- so I don't have to stop.
    A stop sign is a joke also, look both ways and get it!.

    Well enough...

  • Obama-is-a-retard May 26, 2008

    NCGUY said:
    "While I don't condone hit and runs, I am tired of these people riding all over the road. The worst part is they have there own lane and still get in the road. I mean why are these people on hwy 751 at peak travel times? How dumb is that. I would scol my child for doing such a foulish thing! It's an accident waiting to happen."

    What a way to show how smart you are. Read the laws a cyclist is allowed FULL use of the travel lane! If you want to hurt someone because of this you are sub-human. It is not an accident when it is done on purpose. I have the same rights as anyone else to the road. If I choose to ride on it with my bicycle you can say or do nothing about it. The laws says I can.

    This is a person that has a young family trying to make a living and chooses to ride a bicycle and now can't work. I hope the person that did this has nightmares the rest of their life!

  • suncat May 26, 2008

    With the price of gas going up daily, the number of folks cycling to and from work is sure to increase. Too bad that the only place to ride is on the roads. NC could learn a great deal from Europe where cycling lanes are common and cyclist are trained to follow traffic laws and can be ticketed for infractions.

  • JimB May 26, 2008

    To continue my previus post:

    I can live with dieing. I don't see how someone can live with being a killer of another person simply because they are moving slower on the road.

  • Kilroy May 26, 2008

    Two hit and runs and still alive. Dude....sell your bike!!

  • ncguy May 26, 2008

    While I don't condone hit and runs, I am tired of these people riding all over the road. The worst part is they have there own lane and still get in the road. I mean why are these people on hwy 751 at peak travel times? How dumb is that. I would scol my child for doing such a foulish thing! It's an accident waiting to happen.