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Woman charged in motorcyclist's death

Posted September 29, 2008
Updated October 2, 2008

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— Police on Monday charged a driver in the death of a motorcyclist.

Ryan Ciszkowski, 25, of 7514 Telfair Drive in Fayetteville, was riding east on Yadkin Road on Sept. 20 when his motorcycle collided with a Dodge Intrepid near the intersection of Lake Valley Road, police said.

Ciszkowski was airlifted to UNC Hospitals, in Chapel Hill, where he died at about 11:30 p.m., according to the family.

Police said the driver of the Intrepid, Georgia Houston, 60, turned in front of the motorcycle. Houston was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to see before turning.


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  • 68_polara Sep 30, 2008

    "Only a misdemeanor?"

    Would you like this lady to serve time in jail for a felony? Felonies are supposed to be for those who commit acts which they purposefully maliciously commit an act that could injure or does injure some body, not for those that make mistake. This is something that should be resolved in civil court.

    P.S. I ride a Kawasaki GPZ

  • ThatsWhatIThought Sep 29, 2008

    Wow...some harsh comments here. Accidents happen and unfortunately sometimes they involve deaths.People make mistakes. I'm sure she didn't get up that morning and say "I'm going to go out and hit someone on a motorcycle." Come on people.

    Motorcycles are hard to see. I've made it a point on sunny days to be more aware of motorcycles.

  • justinanzaldua Sep 29, 2008

    Jail her and embarass her family, this will make people think before they drive blind. LOOK AGAIN, MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE.

  • rrzx-14 Sep 29, 2008

    Only a misdemeanor? Something is wrong with the system if that's all you get for causing a death.

  • RICKJAMES Sep 29, 2008

    RIP Ryan you will be missed my friend! Glad to see justice is being served! She pulled right out in front of him! Died almost instantly!

  • brassy Sep 29, 2008

    Relieved to see justice served. People have a bad habit of blaming the motorcyclist when it wasn't his fault. My neighbor was killed by a truck that crossed the double yellow and hit him head-on. The driver wasn't even ticketed.