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Woman charged with hit-and-run, DWI in death of Raleigh bicyclist

Posted December 15, 2016

Amy Ellen Franklin

— Raleigh police have charged a 25-year-old woman with multiple felonies in the Wednesday night death of a bicyclist hit on Western Boulevard near Carolina Avenue.

According to investigators, Amy Ellen Franklin, of 208 Hyde Park Court, Cary, left the scene of the wreck after hitting 56-year-old Bryan Scott Goforth at about 11:30 p.m.

Goforth was pronounced dead at the scene.

Franklin was arrested about an hour later when officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Cross Link and Hadley roads.

Franklin is charged with felony hit and run, felony death by motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.

In addition, Franklin was charged with texting while driving and having an open container in her vehicle.

Franklin was being held Thursday on a $505,000 bond and was scheduled to make a first court appearance Friday.


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  • Ed McKim Dec 15, 7:49 p.m.
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    I feel like her running the guy over, and driving drunk are equally unforgivable. Let's just agree it's all horrific and unforgivable. A perfect storm of bad decisions.

  • Todd Keller Dec 15, 1:31 p.m.
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    Larry, Bryan worked for me for years, he was a great guy. He wore a helmet when he rode his bike and had proper lighting, he chose not to drive because riding his bike was helping him lose weight. He was doing nothing wrong, and to lay blame on him is wrong sir. This woman broke the law, drove drunk, hit and left a great man to die on the side of the road. Maybe had she stopped and called 911 many of us would still have Bryan in our lives. You should be ashamed of your comment.

  • Larry Price Dec 15, 1:01 p.m.
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    it is unfortunate that circumstances (whatever they were) forced him to have to ride his bike on a multiple lane highway in the middle of the night with cars going by at 45-50 mph. a network of bike lanes would be a great thing to have.

  • Bob Gibbs Dec 15, 12:58 p.m.
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    When I was a student putting myself through college, I worked an overnight job. No mass transit at that time of night and all I had was my bicycle. I would use front and rear lights everytime. So let's not victim blame here, ok?

  • Shannon Meredith Dec 15, 12:54 p.m.
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    I see nothing in the article saying that this poor man was not following safety requirements for nighttime riding. There is no law against what time of night you are riding and though it may seem to be "unneeded danger" to you, it very well may have been this man's only form of transportation to get to and from work, etc.
    There are, however, laws against drinking and driving, texting while driving, and leaving the scene of an accident....all things this careless woman did. Heck, the article states that she even had an open container in the car! Considering her careless choices, she could have very well hit and killed someone in broad daylight!

    Condolences to the family of Mr. Goforth.
    May Ms. Franklin receive the punishment she deserves.

  • Frank Curcio Dec 15, 12:24 p.m.
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    This HAS to be a joke, right?

  • Sara Hauser Dec 15, 12:03 p.m.
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    In no way is it acceptable to blame the cyclist here-no one and I mean no one is deserving to be abandoned after hitting them with a vehicle. This driver chose to drive impaired, had an open container of alcohol , and willingly left this man after hitting him. Prayers for those he left behind.

  • Linda Tally Dec 15, 11:40 a.m.
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    The most unforgivable part of this is the leaving the accident scene and abandoning a cyclist this woman killed. Open container is criminal for a good reason. So is texting while driving. But leaving the scene afterwards... puts this woman squarely in the "flush first" category.

  • Sheri Bachmeier Dec 15, 11:37 a.m.
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    There are people who don't have cars and ride their bike to and from work. Seems like you are making judgements. Lets focus on the life's this has changed forever. Condolences to the families of the cyclist and also to the family of the driver.

  • Ed McKim Dec 15, 11:33 a.m.
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    Yeah, let's all focus on the cyclist here, not the driver who was drunk, drinking, and texting behind the wheel. Let's not talk about how people, or this person in particular, think it's OK to do any of those things. Let's not focus on the distracted drunk driver leaving the scene of the accident. Let's just focus on the now-dead guy who was riding his bike on the side of the road (which is still legal), and his culpability in all of this.