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Youngsville man killed in motorcycle crash

Posted April 11, 2010
Updated April 12, 2010

— A Youngsville man was killed Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Wake Forest, police said Monday.

Lawrence Joseph Barrett, 50, was westbound on Elm Avenue on a 2008 Harley Davidson at about 4:50 p.m. when he collided with a 2005 Ford Freestyle that was northbound on South White Street, police said.

The driver of the Ford, Tiffany Privette Aldridge, 35, of Zebulon, told police that she never saw Barrett. Witnesses said that Barrett laid his motorcycle down as he approached the intersection just before the collision.

The wreck remains under investigation.


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  • Vietnam Vet Apr 12, 2010

    I'm sorry folks. I've been riding motorcycles for more years than a lot of the drivers out there now have been driving, and it still amazes me when some driver says, "I didn't see the motorcycle" Here's a 600 to 900 pound bike with quite often a 200 pound plus rider, with 1-3 headlights, usually modulating, with running lights (day and night) and the driver doesn't see this albatros coming??? I can't tell you how many times I've had drivers look straight at me and pull out anyway. Time for some new glasses or something...or maybe drivers just simply need to pay attention to the task at hand...DRIVING!!!! No phone calls, no texting, no shaving, or makeup or whatever else folks try to do and drive. Simply do the one thing (drive) and a lot fewer people including car drivers will be at risk.

  • Healthy Skeptic Apr 12, 2010

    "Not really news worthy. Probably not an experience motorcyle (sic) driver and speeding. My condolences to the family."

    @wildcat - local stories are always newsworthy - only a jerk would be so callous.

    The rider is a former WF Firefighter. . . his twin brother is a current firefighter. He had just left the station. The street running his direction did not have a stop sign. The driver of the other vehicle was the one with the stop sign. After she entered the intersection, they collided, and he was dragged to the other side of the intersection. (see @ratherbnnc)

    Wake Forest is a tight-knit community, as is Youngsville. Many people knew Larry, and everyone is suffering his loss.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    Social services should hire more people. That would help them a lot.

  • wildcat Apr 12, 2010

    Not really news worthy. Probably not an experience motorcyle driver and speeding. My condolences to the family.

  • boingc Apr 12, 2010

    "Laying it down" is any crash resulting in the bike going down, typically a low side type crash.

    My understanding was that "laying it down" refers to the rider intentionally putting the bike on the ground, on it's side, as a last-ditch effort to try to stop before impact (because sliding on the ground creates more friction than just applying the brakes). Thus, the rider would lay the bike down before crashing.

  • boingc Apr 12, 2010

    "However, he probably had some speed on if the crash killed him"

    You can easily die at 35mph or less, especially if you aren't wearing a full face helmet.

  • Dirty_Water Apr 12, 2010

    Yup, I agree with rather. She either ran the sign or pull out in front. However, he probably had some speed on if the crash killed him, after laying down the scooter. Sympathy and empathy for the family.

  • wralgolo2 Apr 12, 2010

    The other type of crash a motorcycle can be involved in is a "high side". This is where the force of bike pulls the top to the opposite side due to lateral g-force.

    An object in motion will tend to want to stay in motion, but when you attempt to take a curve, you must lean the motorcycle to get it to turn. If you do not have the propper lean angle in the curve, the bike will feel like its being pulled away from the direction of the curve, typically resulting in the rider being thrown from the bike. High sides are more violent in nature in the fact that the way the rider and bike get thrown or flipped.

  • wralgolo2 Apr 12, 2010

    "Laying it down" is any crash resulting in the bike going down, typically a low side type crash. A low side is where the tires slide out from underneath the bike; this can be caused by debris in the road, too much speed in cornering, or using too much braking.

    Motorcycles don't brake like cars, and can become very unstable if too much force is applied to either the front or rear unevenly. Too much rear brake usually results in a skid where the rear will slide in one direction or the other, though with practice one can control a skid in a safe direction. Too much brake on the front often times results in a skid commonly referred to "tucking the front".

    Emergency braking on bikes at intersections is very dangerous especially if the lane has alot of residual oil build up. I've encountered quite a few intersections where I've stopped at normal pace resulting in a skid.

  • trianglerelic Apr 12, 2010

    As a former motorcycle owner, I know that riding a bike here in the triangle is like taking your life in your hands. Drivers do not look for motorcyles and don't take into account that motorcycles have very different handling characteristics from a car. Locking up your breaks on a motorcycle takes experience and skill. Once the tires lock, you skid, and any change in the road surface can cause the skidding tire to grab and launch you off the bike. Also, on a bike, you can't simply drive off the shoulder to avoid issues. Going off the road on a bike can be deadly.
    I for one sold my bike.... Having to be on the defensive 100% of the time took much of the fun out of it for me. Attempts to drive defensively often angered automobile drivers who feel that motorcycles do not deserve the same respect as cars. Add to that, young, or inexperienced riders that play games in traffic. They ruined it for the rest of us that abide by the rules. As if drivers don't already hate motorcycles