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Truck hits bicyclist on I-40 in Raleigh

Posted August 20, 2012

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— Wrecks on rainy interstates hampered the morning commute in the Triangle Monday. Earlier, a box truck struck a bicyclist on Interstate 40 in Raleigh.

A truck owned by Greensboro-based Direct Link Courier and driven by Kashta Quinn Brandon, 33, of Raleigh, was traveling the speed limit in the right lane right lane of eastbound I-40 shortly after 3:30 a.m. when it hit Marc Anthony Mathis from behind.

Mathis, 44, of Raleigh, was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in critical condition.

The crash closed two of three eastbound lanes of I-40 between U.S. Highway 1 and Avent Ferry Road until about 6:15 a.m.

No charges have been filed in the collision.

Other wrecks hampered the morning commute throughout the Triangle.

At one point, multi-vehicle wrecks closed lanes of I-40 East, near Interstate 540 in Durham County, and Interstate 440 West, near Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. No injuries have been reported in those wrecks.

Earlier, in Johnston County, where a truck pulled down power lines on U.S. Highway 301, near Interstate 95 in Four Oaks. The entire highway was temporarily shut down, and traffic diverted into parking lots alongside U.S. 301.

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  • leeloo67 Aug 22, 2012

    Some of the comments on here are baffling to me - a regular driver/commuter AND weekend cyclist. Firstly, "anything on the road needs a license and tags" isn't really helpful. Despite being licensed, I'd say at least 40% of drivers are a danger - just based on daily observation. Also, every day I feel like my driving routes are more like an obstacle course. Neighbors with RVs halfway out into the road, garbage and Mover trucks stopped in the road, people stopped at green lights, dump trucks dropping rocks (and they are ALL responsible for broken windshields by the way, a sign on your truck doesn't remove liability) - all licensed vehicles - not to mention other things such as yesterday when I had to veer around a wheel chock just laying in the road. So it isn't as simple as just applying a rule like that. As a weekend cyclist with common sense, being there is no law against sidewalk use, I stay off all roads as much as possible.

  • jjsmith1973 Aug 20, 2012

    By the way this sounds just like it is, a horrible accident.

  • jjsmith1973 Aug 20, 2012

    I would think that, since it is not legal to walk on the side of an interstate or ride a moped on an interstate. Riding a bicycle also is not legal. It goes beyond that though, just because something maybe legal doesn't mean it is safe or smart either.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Aug 20, 2012

    "RTPMedic said it best: anything on the road needs a license and tags, if not taxes, too.

    That way, there will be NO MISUNDERSTANDING between folks using the road." - A_Patriot

    Stuff and nonsense. Based on that, there should be no misunderstanding between fellow motorists but, last time I checked, road rage is real. So don't try to make out that in a world free of cyclists, there would be peace and harmony.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Aug 20, 2012

    "The bottom line is simple, if it comes down to a choice to cross over the center line to avoid a biker that has no business on the road to start with, possibly hitting another car and endangering the lives of my family and those in the other car, I'm not crossing the center line." - Nuff z Nuff

    And that, my friends, is the very attitude that fuels this debate. What you are condoning is an offense that carries with it 4 points on your license. Get caught doing that 3 times and you're out, which would make our roads one person less safe.

  • chattycat Aug 20, 2012

    Ahhh the bravery that happens when one is hidden behind a keyboard. Just remember that vehicular manslaughter/attempted murder carries alot of time in prison. They have lots of "games" there too.

    Classified
    Ahhh the bravery that happens when one is hidden behind a keyboard. Just remember that vehicular manslaughter/attempted murder carries alot of time in prison. They have lots of "games" there too.

    Classified
    Ahhh the bravery that happens when one is hidden behind a keyboard. Just remember that vehicular manslaughter/attempted murder carries alot of time in prison. They have lots of "games" there too. Classified
    Ahhh the bravery that happens when one is hidden behind a keyboard. Just remember that vehicular manslaughter/attempted murder carries alot of time in prison. They have lots of "games" there too. Classified
    Phrased just like that, see you in court! End of story.-classified

    Your threats are comical! Think you need to chill out!

  • Red Green Aug 20, 2012

    "Hit and run is a "game" in Raleigh -> cyclists take note and move off the road instead of clogging it up." justincaseur2

    Ahhh the bravery that happens when one is hidden behind a keyboard. Just remember that vehicular manslaughter/attempted murder carries alot of time in prison. They have lots of "games" there too.

  • Red Green Aug 20, 2012

    "The bottom line is simple, if it comes down to a choice to cross over the center line to avoid a biker that has no business on the road to start with, possibly hitting another car and endangering the lives of my family and those in the other car, I'm not crossing the center line. End of story." Nuff z Nuff

    Phrased just like that, see you in court! End of story.

  • A_Patriot Aug 20, 2012

    Since WRAL is in full censor mode, let me try again.

    RTPMedic said it best: anything on the road needs a license and tags, if not taxes, too.

    That way, there will be NO MISUNDERSTANDING between folks using the road. The arrogance/ignorance will still be there (we all see it every day), but the privilege (it's not a right, I don't care what you think) will be undeniable.

    If a biker zooms through a stop sign, guess what? They can get a ticket, same as the driver.

    It's a great equalizer.

  • Screw WrAl Aug 20, 2012

    The bottom line is simple, if it comes down to a choice to cross over the center line to avoid a biker that has no business on the road to start with, possibly hitting another car and endangering the lives of my family and those in the other car, I'm not crossing the center line.

    End of story.

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