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Report: Durham deputy hit rock before chain-reaction crash that injured 3

Posted February 13

Two Durham police motorcycle officers were involved in a serious crash Tuesday afternoon in the 8500 block of South Lowell Road.

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a rock in a private driveway is to blame for a chain-reaction crash last week that injured two Durham police officers and a Durham County sheriff's deputy.

A wreck report released Monday said the crash began after Deputy Paul Aiken's 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle left South Lowell Road near rural Bahama on Tuesday.

Aiken's motorcycle hit a rock, left the road and then hit a nearby utility pole.

Officer Larry Cox, who was also driving a 2013 Harley-Davidson, swerved to miss Aiken, ran off the road to the right, hit a ditch and overturned.

Officer Francisco Miguel DeVera-Rodriguez, who was operating a 2015 Harley-Davidson, traveled onto the northbound shoulder, struck a utility pole support wire and overturned.

According to Sheriff Michael Andrews, the officers and the deputy involved had recently concluded a funeral escort and were practicing their formations.

The three men were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment. Aiken and Cox sustained minor injuries, and DeVera-Rodriguez suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

DeVera-Rodriguez remains hospitalized, while Aiken has already returned to duty. Cox is out of the hospital but not yet back on patrol.


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  • David Lisle Feb 13, 8:07 p.m.
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    I found a link to the original story. It matches my scenario......

  • David Lisle Feb 13, 7:50 p.m.
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    I don't have to ride to be able to read. The very first paragraph of the story..."North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a rock in a private driveway is to blame for a chain-reaction crash last week that injured two Durham police officers and a Durham County sheriff's deputy." Did the rock jump from the driveway. And yes I rode for many years so I know something as simple as a gumball from a sweet gum tree can cause a bike to go down.......

  • John Kramer Feb 13, 7:42 p.m.
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    It "first" hit a rock. "then" it left the road. That is what the story says. If you actually rode a motorcycle then you would know that if you are on a two wheel vehicle and one wheel hits an obstacle then it might be pretty hard not to crash.

    But of course it does not appear that you ride, or you would have never said that in the first place.

  • David Lisle Feb 13, 7:38 p.m.
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    The headline should say "Durham deputy leaves road and hits a rock before chain reaction crash".........Story sounds like dog doo.. A rock in a private driveway could not have caused the crashes unless the motorcycle was off of the road already. A rock in a driveway is irrelevant to the cause of the crashes, the deputy should be cited for failure to maintain single lane of travel. My version of the story is, they were ripping along like a pack of sport bikes and one of the heavy road sleds got away from the first in a curve.... And as they say, the rest is history.

  • John Kramer Feb 13, 7:38 p.m.
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    Here we go again with the Kawasaki's. Sheesh.

    Glad they are okay. Sounds like an unavoidable accident. Ride safely, everyone!

  • Tim Orr Feb 13, 7:21 p.m.
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    As you said....for the most part. And yes Indian is also expensive. Do you realize that for years this state and others have used Kawasakis? They are more reliable and cheaper. You don't have to be an expert to be observant. There are a bunch of Kawasakis on the road in Raliegh.

  • Mike Pittman Feb 13, 7:03 p.m.
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    For the most part, government agencies use American made vehicles. While I am no motorcycle expert, Indian is the only other American bike I can think of, and it is probably just as expensive, right?

  • Tim Orr Feb 13, 6:17 p.m.
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    It doesn't say anything about his speed, perhaps you shouldn't fabricate facts that aren't reported. On a side note...why are they riding Harley's? A very expensive bike for daily work. Why can't they be more cost effective?

  • Jim Dunn Feb 13, 1:43 p.m.
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    Funny, it it had been an average guy like me, the police would give me a citation for driving too fast for conditions.