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One in critical condition after motorcycle, van crash

Posted July 28, 2009

— A Raleigh man was critically injured Tuesday morning as a result of a collision on Mt. Vernon Church Road, near Liberty Woods Way, according to troopers.

William Schmitt, 52, was headed to work at IBM in Research Triangle Park at the time of the wreck, troopers said.

Troopers said Cheryl Rash, 39, of Raleigh was driving east on Mt. Vernon Church Road when she attempted to turn left into a private driveway. She did not see Schmitt, who was traveling westbound, and turned in front of his bike. He ran into the side of her minivan.

Troopers initially reported that someone died in the wreck.

Schmitt and a passenger in the minivan, a child, were taken to area hospitals. The child suffered only minor scratches, and was treated and released.

Schmitt was still in critical condition at WakeMed Monday afternoon.

No charges have been filed in the wreck.


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  • pally Aug 6, 2009

    memorial service for Bill Schmitt: http://wakeminster.org/special_notice.asp?id=48

  • pally Aug 5, 2009

    Bill has passed away.

  • rulez Jul 30, 2009

    I hope and pray Bill is recovering now. Thank you for updating us on your brother's condition Dave.

  • james27613 Jul 29, 2009

    Watch out for those fancy speedy Dodge Charger Paramedic cars,
    they go fast, don't use sirens either.

    actually a paramedic's car. I have seen them around town recently. They say "paramedic" on the side. Blue and yellow chevron pattern reflective stickers all over the back and sides.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Jul 29, 2009

    Well, I can't see how you can fail to charge the woman with a traffic violation. You can't turn in front of oncoming traffic without looking. If they aren't going to charge her, they need to explain why. She almost killed a good man...

  • WXYZ Jul 29, 2009

    According to the information provided by WRAL, the woman failed to yield right of way, which caused a collision, which caused bodily harm. She broke the law, she is at fault. She should be charged, convicted and punished accordingly to make sure there is not a "next time" for her and to use her as an example to other negligent and careless drivers. She should suffer just as much as the driver she injured.

  • BurninStick Jul 29, 2009

    Been riding 37 years. Two times have pick-ups pulled into my path, and twice have I survived by God's mercy. Both drivers were decent folks whose attention lapsed at the moment. It could happen to any one of us...so hold your judgment. How many posters here would verbalize their comments to the rider's or to the driver's faces as they agonize over this event. Sound advice for bikers and cagers: Look left, look right, then look left again. Tarboro NC

  • daveschmitt1961 Jul 28, 2009

    To all; Bill is not "dead" he is in critical and gaurded condition with a head injury. Despite wearing approriate riding gear the van won. I don't know the driving conditions at certain times of day, and I will not guess if Ms. Rash was on her cell phone or chatting with her son. What I do know is that Bill is a strong Christain Father, Husband and an outstanding big brother! I believe, that his wish would be not to point fingers and lay blame, but to use the situation to learn and honor God.
    Bill was and I pray will be again a very safe motorcyclist. He attended advanced training even with years of riding experience. Our family apprectiates all who offer paryers and ask that you not forget the Rash family and their son. Bill has two wonderful children and would not desire any child to suffer from the trauma of this accident. Regardless of the final outcome, ALL HONOR GLORY TO GOD.
    To Bill & Family, We offer up Healing Prayers & Blessings love your Brother, Dave, Marcene & Zach

  • yabbadabbadooo Jul 28, 2009

    the other "LEO" is actually a paramedic's car. I have seen them around town recently. They say "paramedic" on the side. Blue and yellow chevron pattern reflective stickers all over the back and sides.

  • yabbadabbadooo Jul 28, 2009

    that road is a long, clear stretch too.... decent visibility. Problem with that road - facing east - in the AM, the sun is coming at you, making it hard to see..... something a lot of people don't think about.... that time of the morning, the sun is up above the horizon a bit, but still annoying coming right at you.

    motorcycle or not, if the minivan had a dirty or hazy windshield, or was distracted, sun at an annoying low angle - it could have been a car, a motorcycle, a duck, anything.