Truck driver pleads guilty in Cary motorcyclist's death
Posted April 23, 2013
Henderson, N.C. — A Creedmoor man has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2010 hit-and-run death of a Cary motorcyclist on Interstate 85, authorities said.
Sean Christopher Newman, 39, was thrown from his motorcycle after a southbound tractor-trailer hit him near mile marker 220 north of Henderson on July 8, 2010.
State Highway Patrol troopers pulled over Michael Gray Rigsbee in Granville County, about 20 miles away. Witnesses told authorities that the tractor-trailer was driving aggressively before it slammed into Newman from behind.
Rigsbee, 41, was initially charged with second-degree murder, felony hit-and-run, failure to render aid and careless and reckless driving. To avoid a trial, he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and hit-and-run involving serious injury or death and was sentenced to no more than three years in prison.
Newman was a freelance documentary photographer who traveled the world, family members said.