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Woman charged in motorcyclist's death near downtown Raleigh

Posted September 11, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014

Quiana Tashean Alsabry

— Police say a man died in a motorcycle wreck that closed part of South Saunders Street near downtown Raleigh Thursday morning.

Authorities charged Quiana Tashean Alsabry, 24, of 3120 Cold Harbor Drive, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the death of Robert William Gillespy, 57, of Raleigh.

Alsabry was also cited for an unsafe movement violation.

According to a wreck report, Alsabry was trying to make a U-turn at Penmarch Drive when her van hit another car and then ran into the path of Gillespy's motorcycle.

He was taken to WakeMed, where he died.

In the course of the investigation, police asked for a search warrant for Alsabry's phone to determine whether she was on it at the time of the crash.


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  • USMC Vet Sep 19, 2014

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    Agreed!!! Other than the younger motorcycle drivers, most motorcyclists are far safer than most car drivers are, because seasoned motorcyclists fully realize how little there is between them and the pavement and other drivers and imminent death.

  • USMC Vet Sep 19, 2014

    Awww man. Prayers for the loved ones of the cyclist.
    One of our dearest friends is still in the hospital working to recover and rehab from a motorcycle accident in March, when he was hit by a pickup truck turning into a driveway on the left-hand side of the road that ran right over him as he passed in the left (oncoming) lane.
    It's a terrible thing. He will never be the same physically, but thankfully, his brain and spine were uninjured.

  • errollskz Sep 19, 2014

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  • Come On_Seriously Sep 12, 2014

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    Seriously? Anecdotes are not data. Motorcyclists BY FAR have great regard for their own lives and do not do crazy things as you describe and tend to be far more observant and careful than other drivers. The ones that do drive crazy are indeed out there, but stand out. I'd prefer to be in traffic ahead of or behind a motorcycle than a soccer mom on her cell phone any day.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Sep 11, 2014

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    She looks mad and troubled to have to be there

  • LetsBeFair Sep 11, 2014

    she probably feels terrible ... worst day of her life.

  • mike275132 Sep 11, 2014

    1000 lb Motorcycle + Driver against 4000 lb Van, No contest.

    Wouldn't being riding any motorcycle in Raleigh at any time, with this and all the other fine Drivers there.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 11, 2014

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    I wish you had videoed it. Most motorcycles cut in between cars and take chances.

  • Larry Wiandt Sep 11, 2014
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    "I traveled I-40 yesterday, morning and evening commute, on my bike, in my lane, and at the posted speed. :)"

    So you're the guy holding up traffic... ;)

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 11, 2014

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    No way. 68 dodge is 100% spot on.