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Skateboarder dies after being hit by truck in Durham

Posted July 4, 2015

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— A 23-year-old Durham man died early Saturday after being hit by a truck while skateboarding on Spruce Street, police said.

Investigators said Reilly Shamus was traveling north on Spruce Street near Holloway Street at about 8:30 a.m. when he was hit by a 1998 Chevrolet truck driven by Melvin Council.

Shamus was taken to a local hospital, where he died. Investigators said Shamus failed to yield the right of way prior to the wreck.

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash, which is still under investigation.

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  • Kristin Byrne Jul 6, 2015
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    My brother in law is 28 and skateboards...and makes quite a bit of money doing it. Skateboarding doesn't have an age limit.

  • Angie Cox Jul 6, 2015
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    so sad and if he did have a four year old daughter it makes it more sad. I didn't realize 23 year old men skateboarded though.

  • Jae'lin Crowder Jul 6, 2015
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    My prayers go out to the family and friends.May God comfort your hearts and wipe your tears.23 is too young to go.

  • Olivier Muhire Jul 5, 2015
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    That's as nice as the filters would allow, I had a lot more colorful things to say. A good man passed, we are mourning, and you are helping so much, thanks. At least this four year old knows the basic difference between right and wrong. Say what u want, you are in the wrong sweetheart.

  • Marc Trellis Jul 5, 2015
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    Sorry, did you mean 'computer warrior stuff' like calling people names a four-year-old would use, without articulating one word about the article you're commenting on? Okay, got it. I stand by my position that skateboarders don't rule the road and many of them think they do. They can't expect drivers to watch out for them all the time; some accountability would go a long way toward keeping them safe.

  • Norman Lewis Jul 5, 2015
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    From observations over many years of driving, many pedestrians, bicyclists, and other wheeled vehicle enthusiasts, feel they are not bound by normal traffic laws. I have narrowly missed multiple people on Western Blvd in Raleigh at night, running to cross the road against a clearly visible "Don't Walk" sign in their direction and a green light in mine. Also, I have seen many, many people ignore other safety commonsense issues. If you are on the road whether in a parking lot, city street or some type of highway or walking around,the usual laws DO apply to you. Your right of way does not change the laws of physics and I may not be able to stop if you do something foolish and move out in front of me.

  • Marc Trellis Jul 4, 2015
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    It's tragic obviously, but (i) a 23-year-old is not a kid, and (ii) a person that age should have the sense not to skateboard on a busy road. Sorry to violate your 86th Amendment right not to be offended.

  • Olivier Muhire Jul 4, 2015
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    A kid died, a little sensitivity please

  • Marc Trellis Jul 4, 2015
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    In crosswalks and parking lots, they do. On normal roadways, they do not.

  • Kim Plucker Jul 4, 2015
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    I always thought that the pedestrian had the right of way in these matters.

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