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Cary police motorcycle, pickup truck crash on NC 55

Posted July 15, 2011
Updated July 16, 2011

— A Cary police motorcycle and a Dodge pickup truck crashed on N.C. Highway 55 near Morrisville-Carpenter Road around 5 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Senior Officer Chad Penland, 32, was on duty and attempting to make a traffic stop when the truck, driven by Benjamin Rainey, 72, of Cary, tried to make a left-hand turn from a northbound lane of the highway and drove into the motorcycle's path, troopers said.

Penland was taken to Duke University Hospital to be treated for multiple broken bones, but is expected to recover.

No charges have been filed. The wreck is still under investigation, troopers said.

Motorcycle crash on N.C. Highway 55 Cary police motorcycle crashes on NC 55


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  • johnny2times Jul 15, 2011

    "I saw 4-5 Durham County patrol officers on logo identified Ninja type bikes riding in a pack not long ago in N.Durham county..
    Big Mike
    July 15, 2011 7:15 p.m."

    What does that have anything to do with this story? Seems though I have only seen ONE person say it, ill say it again...hope the officer and other driver will be ok.

  • mrlee34 Jul 15, 2011

    Well we already know that the civilian is going to be found at fault. After all, the police can do no wrong and are above the law. Especially in Cary.

  • quaten Jul 15, 2011

    Driving today... I must have been past by a dozen drivers speeding & texting as they passed me on 540 coming up to the hi-way 55 exit. There seems to be a "race" phenomena that causes drivers to recklessly pass as many others as they can before they get to the exit ramp at hi-way 55. There needs to be some trooper presence to stop this behavior.

    The homeward bound traffic coming off 540 and coming out of the park on 55 into Apex is always a mess. Too many drivers in a rush to get home, talking on the cellphone or texting, plus the aggressive driving of the high-dollar sports car enthusiasts - will add up to only one thing - collisions.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 15, 2011

    July 15, 2011 7:20 p.m

    Your posting make sense, but I still say it worth the risk. A lot of fine officers have been hurt or killed in single car accidents also. It's my understanding that they have better training than what is in the regular motorcycle safety course. But even being a traffic cop can be dangerous, so I still feel it's worth the risk. Now for why do we need cops on motorcycle, other than to save money I'm not all that sure of. I know some meter maid ride a three wheel contraption. So I don't know why we have them on motorcycles.

  • tmed1938 Jul 15, 2011

    Looks more like a scooter than a full sized motorcycle.

  • Alexia.1 Jul 15, 2011

    "ever understood why they put police on motorcycles, doesn't seem worth the risk hortguy July 15, 2011 7:02 p.m. Your kidding right? Never watch CHIP. I guess you would think they shouldn't be on horse either. They are worth the risk." --RebelYell55

    Actually, I had the same question and I did watch CHIPS. This isn't California, it rains a lot, gets really hot and pretty cold in winter, and I don't really think the risk is worth it in Calif, either.

    Accidents happen, but who should pay for the "damages" when one person is driving a vehicle (motorcycle) that is at a high risk for personal injury? What might have just been a $2000 bumper repair can turn with two cars can be a deadly accident on a motorcycle.

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  • ajoplin Jul 15, 2011

    Thats one broken Bimmer. Wonder if it's the "other vehicle"s fault or if the officer was making a tactical maneuver. As a daily rider, I'll still take the bike than a car. Hope he rides again.

  • justjean Jul 15, 2011

    Prayers go out to the officer and his family. Folks if you look for the mouse you will see the elephant...in other words if you look for smaller things on the road you will see them. This is riding season, please look twice and save a life!!

  • Big Mike Jul 15, 2011

    I saw 4-5 Durham County patrol officers on logo identified Ninja type bikes riding in a pack not long ago in N.Durham county..