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Scooter rider hit in same place as Friday's fatal accident

Posted September 22, 2008
Updated October 2, 2008

— Emergency crews airlifted a man from the scene of a wreck in Fayetteville Monday afternoon.

According to police, a man was hit near the intersection of Yadkin and Lake Valley roads, north of Cross Creek Mall, at about 12:30 p.m. Lake Valley Road was closed for about an hour while police and emergency crews cleared the scene.

James Grady Whitt, 49, of Broadway, was riding a scooter and was stopped in traffic when he was hit by a car driven by Mary Samuels Austin, of Bedrock Drive in Fayetteville, police said.

Whitt was conscious and alert and was taken by helicopter to UNC Hospitals, in Chapel Hill. There was no word on his condition Monday afternoon.

Austin was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Monday's wreck happened at the same intersection where a motorcyclist lost his life, police said.

Ryan Ciszkowski, 25, of 7514 Telfair Drive in Fayetteville, was riding east on Yadkin Road on Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a Dodge Intrepid near the intersection of Lake Valley Road, police said.

A preliminary investigation determined that the driver of the Intrepid, Georgia Houston, 60, turned in front of the motorcycle. Charges are pending against her, police said.


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  • 68_polara Sep 23, 2008

    From what I understand a vehicle turning left in front of a bike is the most often cause of a motorcycle vs. auto accident. They just don't see bikes. Beware, being behind a tall vehicle like a truck van or suv other drivers approaching can not see you. Get around them or follow at a greater distance in the left side of the lane. If your on a bike practice using the best lane placement to be seen. Also, another common accident is when a vehicle changes lanes and bumps in to a bike. Motorcyclists must beware that your very likely not to been seen when some one looks in a side mirror before changing lanes. Three things here, please use turn signals before changing lanes. Motorcyclists don't ride beside cars, always be in front or behind motorist in other lanes except when passing or being passed. Third and most important, always turn your head and do a quick look beside you after looking in the mirror before switching lanes.

    I apologize if this sounds preachy.

  • ShareTheRoad Sep 22, 2008

    ah, the first of many car/scooter accidents to flood the news. first it was cyclists, and now, due to the ridiculous gas prices, scooter riders are 'ruining it' for everyone else...everyone else in cars, that is.

    its about time drivers woke up and realized the privilege they have been given comes with the responsibility to pay attention to their surroundings. at some point, i woke up, grew up, and became a decent driver. it'd be nice if the masses joined me.

  • clickclackity2 Sep 22, 2008

    Some car drivers, as well as some motorcyclist are simply careless. But regardless, you couldn't pay me to drive a scooter nor a motorcycle, especially in rush hour traffic..the little guy always loses.