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Raleigh motorcyclist killed in high-speed wreck

Posted May 12, 2011

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— A Raleigh man died when his motorcycle crashed at nearly 100 miles per hour on a downtown road Wednesday evening, according to the wreck report prepared by police.

Richard Jerrod McNeil, 35, was driving a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle at 106 mph down State Street, between Bragg and Peterson streets, around 7:15 p.m., the report states. As the motorcycle came to the top of the hill, McNeil locked up the brakes, causing the bike to skid and strike the curb.

McNeil was ejected, struck a mailbox and ended up lying in the opposite lane, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bike traveled another 300 feet after impact before it struck an air conditioning unit and came to a stop.

The motorcycle left tire impressions for about 300 feet before hitting the curb at 95 mph, the report states. The speed limit on State Street is 35 mph.

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  • ladiipink919 May 13, 2011

    my heart goes out to your family i will miss you dearly....Sorry this had to happen to you your memory will carried on and not tarnished by critcs love you dearly see you soon

  • ladiipink919 May 13, 2011

    I JUST WANT TO SAY I KNEW THIS MAN PERSONALLY NOW FOR ALL U SITTIN UP HERE WIT YA NEGATIVE INPUT F.Y.I HE WASNT A SELFISH MAN NO IT WASNT AN ADRENALINE RUSH TRUE HE WAS GOING EXTREMELY FAST BUT HIS LIFE WAS TAKIN IN RESULT OF IT DATS ENUFF NOBODY WAS HURT BUT HIM ND NOW HIS FAMILY IS IN PAIN HE WAS SOMEONES FATHER,SON,BROTHER,NEPHEW ETC HOW WUD YALL FEEL IF THIS ARTICLE WAS ABT ONE OF YOUR LOVED ONES??U WUDNT WANT TO BE SEEIN THIS HIS FAMILY IS GOING THRU ENUFF THE MAN I KNOW WAS KINDHEARTED AND CARED MORE ABT OTHERS BEFORE HE DID HIMSELF YALL DIDNT KNOW HIM ND ITS SAD TO SAY YALL ARE SOO JUDGEMENTAL WER YALL THERE? DO YALL EVEN KNOW Y HE WAS GOING THAT FAST?? NO SO KEEP YA NEGATIVE POST TO YASELF HIS FAMILY IS GOIN THRU ENUFF THEY DONT NEED TO BE SEEIN THIS!! I CAN HONESTLY SAY IT WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT BUT TALKING TRASH ISNT GONNA BRING HIM BACK TO US

  • ladiipink919 May 13, 2011

    i just want to say i knew this man personally nd its unfortunate that he passed away like this but for yall who didnt know him and want to sit here and give yall opinion on why how or wat yall think mite have happened keep it to yaself his family is going thru enuff nd dont need to be seeing this he was a kindhearted person that cared abt ppl more thn himself he was a father a friend a shoulder to lean on a son a nephew a brother to so many ppl if this was an article abt one of your loved ones u wudnt want to log in nd see this IT WASNT AN ADRENALINE RUSH IT WASNT HIM TRYNA KILL HIMSELF IT WAS AN ACCIDENT THAT RESULTED IN HIS DEATH BUT TRUST AND BELIEVE HIS MEMORY WILL NOT BE TARNISHED BY U CRITICS HAVE A BLESSED DAY

  • brownkoya30 May 12, 2011

    My heart goes out 2 his Mother n family. A child lost is a child lost. death is death no matter how he died his life wuz ended. n it dont matter how fast they say he wuz going he could hv bn going 45 55 65 n it still could have happen. think he want n a car with protection he wuz on a bike. Think people..yeah he probably hv went fast b4 n nothing happen on dat same hill. he want tryn 2 kill his self it was a accident point blank now his mother hv 2 live with d fact she want see her son again mothers day want be mothers day 4 her like dat again. trust me i no how it feels 2 lose a child. But like they say if its your tyme 2 go u gone i cant stand 2 hear dat but so true i had 2 learn dat myself but it is hard 2 hear dat when u r going thru something like this.

  • WRALgolo2.1 May 12, 2011

    I think the estimate should have just said "over 100 mph" since it doesn't appear that there was a radar unit to justify stating such a precise speed.
    ConcernedNCC

    Exactly, since the speed estimate was done based off calculations of skid marks and damage. It should be titled in excess of 100mph.

  • msmithua93 May 12, 2011

    Another sad story about a death that was very preventable. SMH....

  • hadenuff May 12, 2011

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family...that should be what most people say, but I see that there always has to be some, at home CSI's and all around judgemental people out there to make the world go around. Just remember that when you die, this is definitely not what your family would like to chance reading, these are the things that are probably running through their heads anyway. Some of you are so insensitive to others feelings. Freedom of speech is fine but dang it, man! If you are still alive, 9 times out of 10, you were not there and were not at any risk...so don't worry about telling what you think could have happened. ANYTHING COULD HAVE HAPPENED!

  • GetRight May 12, 2011

    If he was going a little over 100mph and left a 300' skid mark before hitting a curb at 95mph he either had no front brakes or didn't use them.

    What a very unfortunate accident. This is why you should be VERY cautious about who you loan your bike to and why beginners should start small and work their way up. My heart goes out to his family. Foolish move or not, this is a very sad day for his family & friends.

  • sinenomine May 12, 2011

    ConcernedNCC - No way of knowing, but if the motorcycle had a speedometer, and it was jammed at 106 by the crash, wouldn't that suffice instead of radar?

  • twc May 12, 2011

    Wonder if there could have been a mechanical malfunction, like the throttle sticking or something? Motorcycles accelerate much quicker than cars or trucks so if for some reason the throttle malfunctioned it would be up to speed very quickly.

    Of course, things can happen very quickly if a human malfunctions also.

    ajmukker, the ability to accelerate is necessary in a number of situations. Vehicles don't just go from 0-35 or any other speed instantly.

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