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Man charged in Durham hit-and-run that killed bicyclist

Posted July 9, 2013 6:08 p.m. EDT
Updated July 10, 2013 5:20 a.m. EDT

— Durham police charged a Warren County man Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist on Hillandale Road near Interstate 85 Monday night.

Maceo Christopher Kemp Jr., 27, of Manson, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon, police said. He was charged with felony hit-and-run and driving while license revoked. Kemp Jr. will make his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

Seth Vidal, 36, was biking north in the 1700 block of Hillandale Road around 9 p.m. Monday when he was hit from behind, police said. He was pronounced dead at Duke University Hospital.

Vidal worked for software company Red Hat in Raleigh and his online resumé lists him as the lead developer of a computer program called "Yum," an automated system updater used around the world.

Neighbors and friends said they thought the world of Vidal and that cycling was one of his passions.

"That is heartbreaking if it were anybody, but to have it be Seth, I am just stricken right now," said Sherri Vann Rosenthal. "Many of us have lost a really important friend."

Rosenthal said she rode her bike alongside Vidal many times and that bicycle safety was very important to him.

Two days before the crash, Vidal wrote on his Twitter page about cycling: "It isn't a contest. Just enjoy the ride."