Police: Motorcycle was doing 80 mph before fatal crash
Posted December 31, 2011
Updated January 1, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The motorcycle in a crash that claimed the life of the rider on Glenwood Avenue Friday night was traveling an estimated 80 mph when the driver hit his brakes, according to a police report released Sunday.
Officers who investigated the crash that killed Samuel Zachary Johnson, 24, of 220 Elizabeth St. in Chapel Hill said they found 114 feet of skid marks at the scene on westbound Glenwood Avenue between Triangle and Angus drives.
Police charged the driver of the car, Carolyn McCormick, 37, with a safe movement violation and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. They estimated that her 1993 Chevrolet was going about 10 mph as she was pulling out of parking lot at 9016 Glenwood.
The accident happened about 10:30 p.m., police said.
Investigators said Johnson's 2002 Ducati hit the left rear corner of McCormick's vehicle hard enough to spin the car around so that it wound up facing east in the westbound lanes.
The motorcycle, police wrote "was approaching at a speed estimated near 80 mph. Vehicle 2 (Johnson) applied the brakes and left 114' of skid marks."