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Raleigh Police Investigating 2 Accidents

Posted May 30, 2007
Updated May 31, 2007

— Northbound Capital Boulevard was partially closed between Spring Forest Road and Oak Forest Drive Wednesday night after a motorcycle accident, which left one person critically injured.

According to witnesses, three motorcycles were racing when one of them hit a car. Leon Gibbs, the driver of the motorcycle, was listed in good condition, according to authorities. Police said the other motorcyclists left the scene.

Joanna Collier, the driver of the car, was not injured. Charges have not yet been filed.

Police were also investigating a deadly north Raleigh accident in which a van rolled off a tow truck and went down an embankment.

The accident happened around 7:15 p.m. at 5400 Summit Manor Lane in the Camden Crest Apartment Complex, officials said.

Police said Salomon Mejia was in a tow truck when the van it was towing started to shift. While Mejia was out of the vehicle, the van became unhitched and started to roll backward down a hill into a wooded area. 

The tow truck somehow rolled backward as well, striking Mejia. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the tow truck, Romania Garner Miles, was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

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  • packandcanesfan May 31, 9:19 a.m.

    Sorry to hear about the man that lost his life. Horrible accident.

    I hope the man involved in the motorcycle accident recovers. I drive pretty fast but some of them pass me like I am sitting still. It ain't pretty when you travel that fast and have no protection other than the clothes on your back and a helmet.

  • Arbi May 31, 8:50 a.m.

    if the van was hooked up correctly it would have not come unhitched and tow trucks just to roll backwards. sounds like the driver didn't know what he was doing.

  • Michael Kenyon May 31, 8:15 a.m.

    "Saw another BADLY wrecked motorcycle leaving work in Wendell right in front of the mega car dealership. Never heard anthing about it though."

    A young 21 yo died in that one. It's in the N&O (or, at least, on their web site).

  • skinnycow May 31, 7:46 a.m.

    Why did the other two flee the scene? I guess those three werent friends or else they wouldnt have left him.

  • Dr Holliday May 31, 7:40 a.m.

    I guess now DOT will have to spend millions to make these areas more safer.

  • Z Man May 31, 7:22 a.m.

    I recently purchased the nastiest motorcycle (currently) made - Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14. 0-60 MPH in 2.6 seconds. Quarter-mile under 10 seconds. Top speed electronically limited to 187 MPH. However, those are numbers I will never approach - because I'm 48 years old and I know better. Disrespect for such a machine is deadly and such disrespect usually directly correlates with rider age.

  • wlfpak03 May 31, 6:58 a.m.

    thats what you get for racing

  • bythegraceofGod May 31, 6:26 a.m.

    It's such a shame that some, and I do stress some motorcycle owners do not respect such a dangerous vehicle. Many people ride and respect their motorcycle. On the other hand, there are many riders that do not respect their motorcycle or other vehicles on the road. I have been cut of by more motorcycles than cars/trucks. I do hope that he or she will make a full recovery so that maybe they can pass on how dangerous it is to disrespect something so dangerous. God bless them in his or her recovery!

  • rawneus May 31, 3:46 a.m.

    the bike in this particular incident looked pretty bad. front end was completely destroyed. hope he was wearing a good helmet..

  • sprice7 May 30, 10:26 p.m.

    Saw another BADLY wrecked motorcycle leaving work in Wendell right in front of the mega car dealership. Never heard anthing about it though.