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Two killed in Granville motorcycle accidents

Posted June 23, 2014

— One motorcyclist was killed Friday and another on Saturday in separate accidents in Granville County, the state Highway Patrol said.

On Friday at about 10:05 p.m., Sandra Rose McDowell of Franklinton was traveling west on N.C. Highway 56 and attempted to make a left turn onto Oak Hill Road when she failed to yield to the right of way and collided with Steven Wayne King of Youngsville, who was traveling east on a motorcycle, authorities said. King died from his injuries. McDowell had minor injuries and was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

On Saturday at 1:52 p.m., Elizabeth McCrimmon of Rougemont was traveling north on Ivy Day Road near N.C. Highway 158 when she attempted to make a left turn and failed to yield to the right of way, colliding with Keith Miller of Bullock, who was travelling south on his motorcycle, authorities said. Miller died from his injuries. McCrimmon was not injured. No charges have been filed in the crash, which is under investigation.


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  • Janene DiPierro Jun 24, 2014
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    Keith Miller was my friend and was not alone on that motorcycle.. his long time girlfriend was with him and injured as well. Leaving behind children, sisters, brothers, parents, nephews, nieces, friends and co workers. The woman didn't stop for the stop sign and all us bikers ask is that you please be more aware. Look twice and save a life. Pay more attention to the roads and who's on them with you. I hope she is charged, The world just lost another great man. Rest in peace Keith, you will be missed.

  • thinkin out loud Jun 24, 2014

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    I.D'Clare, I think you read the story wrong. It was cars that turned left in front of motorcycles.

  • Obamacare for America Jun 23, 2014

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    What? In both of these accidents a car pulled in front of the motorcycles.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 23, 2014

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    None of these were in a car; all four were on motorcycles colliding with other motorcyclists which really surprises me because most motorcyclists (at least the seasoned ones) drive carefully, fully aware of the danger presented to them by other drivers, especially the drivers of other "types" of vehicles.

  • btneast Jun 23, 2014

    All too common unfortunately. Lost my stepson on 2007 in the same type of accident. Motorcycles are harder to see than a car, which is why it is so important that they burn their headlights. I occasionally meet a motorcycle on the road that has a tiny headlight that is pointed too far down, and I just want to pull him over and tell him how stupid he is.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 23, 2014

    Wow!!! So many motorcyclists dying lately.
    Prayers for their loved ones and friends.
    Be careful out there folks. Your loved ones want you to come home safe and sound.

  • Taxpayingcitizen Jun 23, 2014

    Good grief people - pay attention and watch for motorcycles! My condolences to the families of both of these men...

  • davidhartman Jun 23, 2014

    Tragic. :(

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 23, 2014

    Bet the other one will get charged also, but they both should lose their license and made to take a road safety course for cars and motorcycles.

  • Billy the Kid Jun 23, 2014

    So many of these are the fault of the other car. Open your eyes!