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Chase leads to motorcyclist's death in Cumberland County

Posted June 17, 2011 1:57 p.m. EDT
Updated June 17, 2011 6:50 p.m. EDT

— A motorcyclist died Friday during a chase involving state troopers when he collided with another vehicle in Cumberland County, authorities said.

The Highway Patrol tried to stop a motorcyclist with an expired license plate on U.S. Highway 301 in Robeson County, but the motorcyclist sped off, authorities said.

A 12-mile chase ensued, and it ended when the motorcyclist crashed into a Honda Pilot at Cumberland and Hope Mills roads, near the Cumberland-Robeson county line, authorities said.

Witnesses said the motorcyclist ran a red light and hit the SUV as it made a left turn onto Hope Mills Road, and troopers said the high-performance Suzuki motorcycle was traveling about 70 mph on impact.

The motorcyclist, identified as Cedric R. Sheppard, 29, of Fayetteville, was thrown from the bike and into a Chrysler car and died, authorities said. The SUV driver, Marie Waters, 57, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

An investigation by the Highway Patrol determined that the license plate on the motorcycle was fictitious and that Sheppard had a suspended license.