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Two cyclists hurt in Cary hit-and-run; suspect pulled bike off his windshield

Posted October 18

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— A Morrisville man was arrested early Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Cary that sent two bicyclists to the hospital, authorities said.

Christopher Moore, 33, of Page Street, was charged with two counts of felony hit and run, authorities said. He was being held at the Wake County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Cary police responded to the crash on High House Road near Bond Park at about 6:45 p.m. Monday. Authorities said four cyclists were traveling toward Old Apex Road when a vehicle driving in the same direction ran over two of them.

"The two were in the street on bicycles, and someone drove by and hit them in a car and drove off," a man told a 911 dispatcher.

Another man called 911 to report that a man in maroon Saturn stopped in his neighborhood to discard a bike that was on the hood of his car.

"A guy just came in my neighborhood with a bicycle stuck to his windshield. I’m not sure if he hit somebody," the caller told the dispatcher. "The windshield was cracked.

"He threw (the bicycle) out, and I said, ‘Is everything OK?’ And he said, ‘Yeah,’" the caller said, adding that the man drove off quickly, hitting a mailbox on his way out.

The two injured cyclists were identified as Ginny Davis, 55, of Cary, and Lori Cove, 48, of Raleigh. Both were taken to WakeMed with serious injuries, but their conditions weren't known Wednesday.

The two other cyclists were not injured.

The group of four cyclists had met before their evening ride at Cycling Spoken Here in Cary, where people were heartbroken Tuesday about the hit-and-run.

"It could just as easily be me or any of the other guys who ride out of the shop or work for the shop," store manager Jacob Williams said. "Even my parents, they live down in Florida. They ride quite a bit nowadays. So, I don't want to see anything happen to them either. One person gets hurt, everybody feels it."

Cove is director of transportation and facilities for Cary, officials said. Town employees called the experienced cyclist, who recently finished Ironman triathlons in both Tennessee and Spain, amazing and awesome.

Davis, also an experienced cyclist, was described as a bright light who always has a smile and a hug for everyone.

Moore has a lengthy criminal record dating to 2000, including six convictions for driving while impaired and one each for driving with a revoked license and speeding to elude arrest.

A woman who answered the door at his home Tuesday declined to comment.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636.

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  • Aiden Audric Oct 25, 10:01 a.m.
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    Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!

  • Linda Tally Oct 19, 8:49 a.m.
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    Gotta feel for the woman who answered the door at Moore's home - not much she COULD comment on. Wonder how much of his stuff she has to put up with daily?

  • Steven Cousler Oct 19, 12:33 a.m.
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    High House road is probably the safest road in Cary to bike on - very wide, 2 lanes, and a bike lane. The suspect must have been seriously wasted to hit someone there. Throw away the key on this one.

  • Rudy Rowell Oct 18, 10:46 p.m.
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    They were riding on High House Road, that road has Bicycle Lanes! You do know what a bicycle lane is dont you? This section of road is 5 lanes and 2 bicycle lanes. 5 lanes for cars and 2 for bicycles. It is sad that you are so calloused that a person is fighting for their life while you make a rash judgement based on conjecture and your feelings rather that looking at the facts. State law says that bicycles and cars must share the road. This was not a two lane country road, this was a multilane city street with bike lanes for bikes to ride, I see cyclist all over Cary all day. One of the injured cyclist is the Director of the Transportation and Facilities Department for the Town of Cary riding in a bike lane on a street in Cary. Do you understand what that means?

  • Jamie France Oct 18, 10:42 p.m.
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    You do understand that it's a limit, not a minimum, right? Also, city & country roads aren't designed or built just for cars to proceed along at maximum speed. They are designed for any legal vehicle to use the for moving from one place to another, including bikes. If you would like to have a road where you could hurtle along at maximum speed and not worry about the chance that a bicycle will impede your progress, then I suggest you drive on the highway, which meets all that criteria for you.

  • John White Oct 18, 9:20 p.m.
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    That is a racist statement. Not much different than saying someone should ride in the back of the bus because of a skin color. How smart is using a 1/2 ton vehicle to move 200 lbs? Not very smart.

  • Jason Still Oct 18, 9:10 p.m.
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    It should be a law that says if what your riding on cant at least go the speed limit then it shouldn't be in the road. It's sad they got hurt but I've seen some of these people in the middle of the street holding up traffic, definitely not smart. The guy should have stopped though

  • Rudy Rowell Oct 18, 4:40 p.m.
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    High House Road has Bicycle lanes. Those would be the same lanes the cars use. The next time you are in Cary look to see all those white symbols with arrows indicating where bicycles are supposed to ride; either the dedicated bike lanes or the same lane as the automobiles. 6:45 pm is not dark at this time of the year. The laws have recently changed concerning bicycles and automobiles sharing the roads. Maybe you should google them, then maybe you would like to rethink and reword your verbal assault on a person who is currently in the hospital in critical condition because of the actions of another person who as you put it should be "banned from the road."

  • Jamie France Oct 18, 4:35 p.m.
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    Riding at sunset in a city is hardly the same as riding "at dark." Bikes are simply another legal vehicle traveling on the road. If a driver is alert, and operates their vehicle in a safe manner, consistent with the DMV rules, bikes are not a hazard to worry about. If you are driving so unsafely that you would hit a bicycle, then I fear for the farm vehicles, tractors, children running into the road, and school buses, as you will most likely plow into them, as well.

  • Jacob Smith Oct 18, 3:53 p.m.
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    The guy was certainly in the wrong and should have been put away/off the road years ago but these bicyclists that insist on riding IN THE ROAD, on a busy street, AT DARK are just asking for it.

    I wonder if these bicyclists had lights?

    As far as I'm concerned, bicyclists should be banned from any road that does not have a bicycle lane. They ARE, quite simply, a HAZARD in traffic.

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