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One bicyclist killed, one injured in Chapel Hill hit-and-run

Posted September 20, 2013

— One bicyclist was killed and another was injured late Thursday after a hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 15/501 in Chapel Hill, state Highway Patrol officials said. 

A Pittsboro police officer driving southbound on the highway near the Southern Village at Market Street shopping center discovered the bicyclists and their bikes in the middle of the road at about 11:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Ivin Levander Scurlock, 41, of Carrboro, and Alexandria Nicole Simou, 40, of Chapel Hill, were riding together when they were hit. Scurlock was killed, and Simou was taken to UNC Hospitals. She was in the intensive care unit Friday morning.

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Authorities said Scurlock was not wearing a helmet but that he was wearing a reflective vest and had reflective devices on his bike. 

A former boyfriend of Simou said she and Scurlock were in a relationship and had been homeless for a long time.

"They'd been homeless for the whole past three years, mainly living in the duplexes down there across from Southern Village, going from one duplex to the next," Dirck Martin said Friday.

Martin said Scurlock and Simou depended on their bikes to get around and survived the best they could out on the streets.

"Ivin was really good at fixing bikes," he said, calling Scurlock "a nice guy."

Troopers haven't yet determined the type of vehicle involved, but they said they believe it may have been a sedan based on the damage to the bikes. They are searching for a car with damage to its front end and windshield.

The state Department of Transportation said no other crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists have been reported along that stretch of U.S. 15/501 in at least 10 years.

"It's just tragic," Martin said of the hit-and-run.

Southbound U.S. 15/501 was closed for several hours overnight while officials investigated the scene. It reopened early Friday.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the Hillsborough Highway Patrol office at 919-732-2551 or the Raleigh Highway Patrol Communication Center at 919-733-3861.

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  • joewalsh Sep 24, 9:52 a.m.

    Found this today via a bicycle forum

    http://desark.org/post/62063448397/late-thursday-night-september-19th-my-friend

  • btneast Sep 23, 10:41 a.m.

    Some drivers just don't pay attention.

    True, but keep in mind a bicycle is small in comparison to a car. It's much easier for a driver to not see a bicyclist until it is too late. Motorcyclists have the same problem. People just don't "see" a cyclist as quickly and easily as they do a car or truck.

  • Justic4All Sep 20, 7:31 p.m.

    Yankee1 - Thanks for saving me some time.

  • bloghooligan Sep 20, 6:29 p.m.

    Is there more respect for cyclists culturally in other countries? does this sort of thing( increase in bicyclist fatalities ) happen in China?

  • Justic4All Sep 20, 6:29 p.m.

    bicyclists who take defensive cycling classes like the one I am certified and insured to teach have a lower crash rate.
    I see this as my major issue with cyclist. No certified training, no licensing, no equipment regulation or inspection of cycles. They pay no right to use road taxes. They ride all over the road and get mad if the motorist does not watch out for them. Farmers who drive vehicles that move slow have common courtesy and sense to move out of the way and allow traffic to move by. Not cyclist though. Who do you people think you are and why should a motorist have to heel to you arrogant behavior? Try displaying the courtesy to motorist you think only you deserve by riding single file and lastly try using some common sense when dealing with a 2 1/2 ton vehicle that is legally traveling three times as fast as you. Lastly, stay off the road after dark. Try using some of that intelligence you claim to have.

  • yankee1 Sep 20, 6:01 p.m.

    Improving the connectivity and diversity of our street network, improving the pavement width on high speed roads, improving lighting, visibility, and predictability of bicyclists, and improving the behavior of motorists are all important, appropriate ways to allow everyone to get where they want to go safely and efficiently....sggoodri

    So write a nice fat check to the Government to help!

  • Scubagirl Sep 20, 5:45 p.m.

    the FAULT here is NOT mccrory, NOT obama, NOT me, NOT you. The FAULT here is the cowardly driver who ran them down and left them there!

  • mike275132 Sep 20, 4:26 p.m.

    "They'd been homeless for the whole past three years, mainly living in the duplexes down there across from Southern Village, going from one duplex to the next," Dirck Martin said Friday."

    Sad, im this Booming Obama economy they would be homeless and not able to afford shelter and had to live on the streets.

    Must be some of this Change We Can Believe In I keep hearing about

  • sggoodri Sep 20, 4:24 p.m.

    Busy roads are sometimes the only way to get to one's destination. Many bicyclists, especially utility cyclists, would prefer to have lower traffic alternatives. Belittling people for trying to reach their destinations by bicycle and telling them to stay off of useful roads isn't going to solve any problems, especially for low income people. Improving the connectivity and diversity of our street network, improving the pavement width on high speed roads, improving lighting, visibility, and predictability of bicyclists, and improving the behavior of motorists are all important, appropriate ways to allow everyone to get where they want to go safely and efficiently.

  • jp1819 Sep 20, 3:58 p.m.

    I find it pretty funny when people say things like, "I have seen cyclists ride up on the right at stop lights, run stop signs, etc...they should all be banned from the roads."

    I see cars speed, not signal properly, run stop signs, do illegal U-turns, etc. all the time...so by that logic cars probably don't belong on the roads either since some drivers don't operate them safely.

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