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911 call in road rage crash: 'They nailed him hard'

Posted February 12, 2018 6:30 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:41 p.m. EDT

— A road rage incident was caught on camera late Friday when two motorcyclists who were riding along Tryon Road were struck by the same car.

Video caught by a third motorcyclist's helmet camera shows a car hit one of the riders on eastbound Tryon Road near Lake Wheeler Road. The biker was thrown from his motorcycle.

"This car came flying up like a nut, and then he ran into the rear of the bike," one of the motorcyclists told a 911 dispatcher. "We were riding in a group of about six, and some people got it on camera."

In a separate 911 call, a second motorcyclist told a dispatcher that the group had shifted into the left lane as a vehicle turned onto Tryon Road from a side street when the car, described as a gray or brown Kia, came speeding from behind.

"I guess [the Kia] got a little too close to the one in front of him, and another biker got mad and gestured, 'Hey, what are you doing?'" the second caller said. "He literally ran the guy over."

Some of the motorcyclists stopped to help the injured biker, while others sped off down the road to get the car's license plate number.

"I'm with him now. He's sitting up, he's fine, but they, they nailed him hard," the first caller told the dispatcher about the injured biker.

The first 911 caller said the car made a U-turn and was headed west on Tryon Road toward Cary.

The helmet-cam video shows a motorcyclist yelling out the Kia's license number when the car runs over him in an apartment complex parking lot.

Remarkably, both men were treated for only minor injuries.

Brandon Howard Stadiem, 35, of 3201 Resolution Lane in Raleigh, was charged with felony hit-and-run causing injury, felony assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury, misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run failure to stop for property damage. He was released after posting a $60,000 bond.

Stadiem declined to comment as he left court Monday after a brief hearing in which he asked for a court-appointed lawyer.

Some people who have viewed the helmet-cam video question the motorcycle riders going in between cars on Tryon Road, as well as one kicking Stadiem's car in the apartment complex. Police have not charged anyone else in the incident.