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Troopers: Benson motorcyclist going 100 mph before fatal crash

Posted June 21
Updated June 22

Richard Matthew Green, 21, of Benson, was going about 100 mph when he passed vehicles on a double yellow line and was thrown from this motorcycle on June 21, 2014, according to the state Highway Patrol. He died in the crash.

— Troopers have identified a motorcyclist who was killed in a Johnston County crash Saturday afternoon.

Richard Matthew Green, 21, of Benson, was going about 100 mph when he passed vehicles on a double yellow line and was thrown from the motorcycle into a tree, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Green's helmet and shoes were knocked off during the crash, which happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of Old Fairground Road in Angier.

Troopers said the motorcycle did not belong to Green and did not have any registration or insurance. 

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  • shanesgirl72 Jun 24, 10:28 a.m.

    I am asking that every one please comment as if this was you're loved one because he was mine and ours. This young man was my sons best friend. We saw him minutes before this accident and my son is taking it very hard. we have all made mistakes in our young life as well as our adult life, we all had that "I got this" attitude. We saw him every single day, so before you lay judgement please take a moment and think, "I do not know this person and what I say may hurt someone who does" He was a very very sweet and loving and caring young man. Had all the wishes and goals in the world. He always wanted to help or do something to help, if he saw me pulling the garbage to the street he would come do it or he would stop to ask if we needed something from the store on his way out. we love and miss you so much Matt, rest now son and finally find peace.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 24, 10:26 a.m.

    Do the moderators know this guy personally? Why can't I post a comment about speeding being dangerous to other people at ANY speed and that a lawbreaker is a lawbreaker?...or that while some folks say he was a "nice boy", he broke several laws and put other people's lives at risk. How is that against WRAL TOS?

  • Wake1 Jun 23, 5:05 p.m.

    how many of us have done stupid things and lived ... I hold no judgment, sorry for their loss.

    — Posted by LetsBeFair

    Yep, you are right!

  • SaveEnergyMan Jun 23, 4:59 p.m.

    Nature often acts as judge, jury, and executioner when we trifle with the laws of physics. I think we all agree that we wish young people would make better decisions. Condolences to the family.

  • censorshipsucks Jun 23, 3:58 p.m.

    "LETSBEFAIR JUN 23, 1:07 P.M.

    how many of us have done stupid things and lived ... I hold no judgment, sorry for their loss.

    Agreed!!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 23, 1:34 p.m.

    how many of us have done stupid things and lived ... I hold no judgment, sorry for their loss.

    — Posted by LetsBeFair

    yep.

  • LetsBeFair Jun 23, 1:07 p.m.

    how many of us have done stupid things and lived ... I hold no judgment, sorry for their loss.

  • horsepower Jun 23, 1:06 p.m.

    Why is it the bikes fault and why do people suggest they be "limited".. Just what we need. The government protecting us from us. Riiiggghhhhttt

  • censorshipsucks Jun 23, 12:44 p.m.

    Not his motorcycle, no registration, no insurance, 100mph and a double yellow line. Hard to guess that would turn out bad!

  • southerntalent Jun 23, 11:46 a.m.

    People race motorcycles and cars every weekend at a racetrack not on the streets and country roads.Bad judgement resulted in a death and leaving behind a kid and family how sad,please kids use common sense.it only takes 2 seconds to look at a text,pass in a no passing zone or drive any vehicle too fast in a corner to kill yourself and possibly a passenger and leave your loved ones to think what were they thinking.

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