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Cary biker killed in hit-and-run; truck driver charged

Posted July 9, 2010

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— A tractor-trailer driver was charged Thursday with second-degree murder after a motorcyclist died in a hit-and-run wreck on Interstate 85, north of Henderson.

State troopers said that Michael Gray Rigsbee, 38, was driving southbound near mile marker 220 around 7 p.m. when his truck hit the motorcycle Sean Christopher Newman was riding.

Troopers said the tractor-trailer did not stop.

Newman, 39, of Cary, lost control of his bike and struck the median. He was thrown from the bike and died instantly, authorities said.

Troopers pulled over Rigsbee in Granville County, about 20 miles south of the wreck.

In addition to second-degree murder, Rigsbee, of 1620 Pope Road in Creedmoor, faces one count each of felony hit-and-run, failure to render aid and careless and reckless driving.

Michael Rigsbee Trucker charged in fatal hit-and-run

He was in the Vance County jail Friday morning under a $112,000 bond.

Newman was a freelance documentary photographer who traveled the world, family members said. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Julie, and they had a 7-year-old son and were in the process of adopting a daughter from Korea.

Funeral arrangements were pending Friday afternoon.

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  • calzy Jul 9, 2010

    A 7 year old lost his father!!!! That is the real tragedy here!

  • calzy Jul 9, 2010

    BY HONESTY I MEANT: In discourse a statement can be strictly true and still be dishonest if the intention of the statement is to deceive its audience. Similarly, a falsehood can be spoken honestly if the speaker actually believes it to be true, assuming the speaker doesn't unfairly reject or suppress evidence. Conversely, dishonesty can be defined simply as behavior that is performed with intent to deceive or to manipulate the truth.

  • ladynicky01 Jul 9, 2010

    'you may not have any reason to lie but in a situation like that details get distorted and concused"

    ***NOTHING WAS DISTORTED AND CONFUSED ABOUT ANYTHING I SAW..WHAT IS CONFUSING IS HOW YOU CAN TRY TO TELL ME WHAT I SAW WAS NOT WHAT I SAW*** YET YOU WERE NOT THERE AT ALL!!..I'M DONE

  • cdrigsbee Jul 9, 2010

    You may not have any reason to lie but in a situation like that details get distorted and confused.

  • cdrigsbee Jul 9, 2010

    citizen782....No we dont come around here often, we dont feed off others misfortune.

  • ladynicky01 Jul 9, 2010

    Thank you Citizen782..I didn't understand that comment of "witnesses need to come forward with honesty". None of us had any reason to lie.

  • fairyswearboots2 Jul 9, 2010

    Wow! RIP Mr Newman !

  • WRALblows Jul 9, 2010

    "keep the negitive thoughts to YOURSELF."

    You don't come around here often, do ya?

  • WRALblows Jul 9, 2010

    "Witnesses need to come forward with honesty"

    How are you so certain they aren't? Is everyone but Micheal Rigsbee lying?

  • WRALblows Jul 9, 2010

    There's a lot of relatives and acquaintances providing positive character testimony for Rigsbee. Then there are a lot of eye witness accounts, including those given to the SHP, about how he was driving prior to the accident. The two don't quite match up. If I were on a jury I'd have to go with multiple, impartial, eye witness accounts as opposed to "He's a good guy. He wouldn't do it".

    My guess is that's what the cops went with too based on the charges.

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