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Wife killed, husband OK in Garner motorcycle crash

Posted April 26, 2009
Updated April 27, 2009

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— A 42-year-old woman died and her 49-year-old husband was uninjured in a motorcycle crash Sunday night after celebrating her birthday at a friend's house.

Speed was a factor in the crash that killed Cheryl Ann Pickron, authorities said. Neither she nor her husband, Michael Gordon Pickron, were wearing a helmet when they crashed at 7712 Trudy Lane, troopers said.

Cheryl Ann Pickron was driving the motorcycle with a suspended license, officials said. She drove off the right side of the road, hit a mailbox and then a culvert, authorities said. She died at the scene.

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  • kmb0694 Apr 28, 2009

    My prayers go out to the Pickeron family; especially to the 10 year little girl who has lost her mother.

  • sunflowerbubbles Apr 28, 2009

    WRAL needs to get the facts right before posting! The husband was hurt, badly, thankfully he didnt die, and we all need to pray for this family. This was a tragic accident and she will be missed. All the facts are not here and people should shut their mouths before running them. Have some sympathy for the family.

  • clickclackity2 Apr 27, 2009

    WRAL never has the full story in any of their articles. They're website layout is just much more user friendly than others.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Apr 27, 2009

    readerman said: "Just remember that far more people are driving cars than riding cycles. The proportional death rate is much higher with motor cycles."

    Of course it is. But the same logic applies. Lives could be saved. How safe do we want to be?

  • diwanicki Apr 27, 2009

    Thank you jockey. YOu also bring a good point. I also tell them that just because they are wearing a helmet doesn't mean they can't still get hurt. You can get hurt either way.

    I just read what the n&o printed. The N&O said he went to ER, WRAL said he didn't. Wral said speed was a factor and the N&O said alcohol was a factor.

    All the details aren't out and I'm sorry if I make anyone mad, but this should be checkout then details released. Not rush to get the story out.

  • readerman Apr 27, 2009

    Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. (source: http://www.iii.org/media/hottopics/insurance/motorcycle/?table_sort_739024=5 )

    Well, according to NHSTA on this page above, there were 5286 motorcycle deaths, 22,716 passenger car deaths, 21,686 light truck death, 4,584 heavy truck deaths.

    So all you helmet supporters, why aren't your wearing a helmet in your car or truck? I want to keep my insurance rates low too.
    jockeyshiftspringer

    Just remember that far more people are driving cars than riding cycles. The proportional death rate is much higher with motor cycles.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Apr 27, 2009

    diwanicki said: "do you teach your child/ren to ride their bike with a helmet? I do, and they also have to wear a helmet when using their skateboards as well."

    Kudos to you for being a responsible parent. I wish there were more like you. As for me having my child wear a helmet, the answer is no. Like me, when I was a child, if I fell down on my bicycle I learned something. Don't make the same mistake twice. I don't like a false sense of security and didn't want my child to have that either. She never did the skateboarding thing nor did she ride her bicycle in the street.

  • diwanicki Apr 27, 2009

    To the person who said its odd the male was riding on the back: right before the crash he was driving.

    To the person who said people in cars should be wearing helmets: do you teach your child/ren to ride their bike with a helmet? I do, and they also have to wear a helmet when using their skateboards as well.

  • Weaker Pelosi Apr 27, 2009

    mrsanderton2205: True, but maybe he was drunker, and could explain why he was not seriously injured.

  • hollylama Apr 27, 2009

    Prayers for the Lost!

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