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Three killed in Smithfield wreck

Posted October 21, 2012
Updated October 22, 2012

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— A third person has died following a crash involving a motorcycle and pickup truck on Buffalo Road, near U.S. Highway 70, in Smithfield on Sunday evening, authorities said Monday.

The motorcyclist, identified as Rickey Perry Mooneyhan, 45, of Selma, and pickup truck driver Ralph Lee Rose, 84, of Smithfield, both died in the wreck around 7:20 p.m., state troopers said.

Jennifer Sabato, 36, of Selma, who was riding on Mooneyhan's motorcycle died early Monday at WakeMed in Raleigh, authorities said.

Troopers said Mooneyhan and Sabato were traveling with a convoy of bikers from Wake County.

No other details about the crash have been released.


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  • irishgirlsarepretty Oct 25, 2012

    Good grief this is awful :(

  • ncsugirlie Oct 23, 2012

    bugaboo8302...you don't ride, obviously. You have no idea what it's like to ride a bike and see someone pull out in front of you and you have to swerve to miss them and pray for your life at the same time. I have a friend that was sitting at a stoplight and got hit from behind and thrown from his bike by an elderly couple. People cannot measure the depth perception of an oncoming motorcycle. I'd rather wait and let that motorcycle pass by me than take the risk of making a mistake and causing an accident. Nobody said you weren't a safe drive...we are probably all safe drivers, but mistakes do happen because of attitudes like yours.

  • bugaboo8302 Oct 23, 2012

    If you have Facebook, you can go to Ray Price Harley Davidson page and its listed there.

  • ironmancrf77 Oct 23, 2012

    if anyone knows about the wake for the people on the bike i would like to know please i have been trying to contact the family and have not been able to thanks and god bless the family

  • Hy-Grade Oct 22, 2012

    From the looks of damage to the truck, I think the motorcycle was traveling much faster than the 45 mph speed limit. Don't be so quick to cast blame on the truck driver...

  • rfreeman27 Oct 22, 2012

    feistyredhead2001, THANK U. They were angels!

  • bugaboo8302 Oct 22, 2012

    And ncsugirlie, no need to attack me bc I told the truth. I'm sure there are lots of people who feel the same way I do. I'm a very safe driver and if I hadn't been paying attention to motorcyclists, many of them would have hit me...just sayin.

  • gbbincorporated Oct 22, 2012

    To the driver of the truck: God be with you and your family for their loss in this tragic situation, We hope that you have greeted your maker and heold the hand of the two other people who also we know and love. as that three lives have been recived into your arms and that you feel the comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ. are thoughts are with you and yours, and may you find peace in your day forward, many Bleesings to urs in this moment of loss
    GBB Incorporated Ghost Bike Builders & Ghost In The Machine

  • gbbincorporated Oct 22, 2012

    The Lord above has two new angels to watch over us:
    Rick and Jenn were reciently added to the "Ghost Bike Builder & Ghost In The machine" reality series and the Arizona Corporation as Incorporater and Board of Directors for the new reality series, and will be missed only in person but their legacy will be living on in the builds and the day to day routines of the show to air next spring, We at GBB will keep the world in Honorary dedications at the end of every show and every day. Ricky (VOODOO) Mooneyham N Jennifer (ANGEL) Sabato ur in our heart and thoughts and the end of our words everyday.
    God speed and you have the best viewing possible in heaven...
    we miss you already, forever, and a day, our angel and outlaw.
    Chance n the team at Ghost Bike Builders & Ghost In The Machine

  • feistyredhead2001 Oct 22, 2012

    rfreeman27.... Amen to that, and yes.. Ricky and Jen were great people and will truly be missed, and all have lost. You have too said it best, Thank you.