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Motorcyclist killed in Clayton wreck

Posted July 2, 2011 2:49 p.m. EDT
Updated July 10, 2011 5:21 p.m. EDT

Traffic Accident (generic)

— A Clayton man died when a passenger van struck two motorcycles on N.C. Highway 42 in Johnston County Saturday, state troopers said.

Ellen Kealy, 45, of Clayton, tried to turn left from N.C. 42 onto Castleberry Drive around 12:30 p.m., but her van hit two motorcycles traveling together east on the highway, troopers said.

William Richard, 48, was killed.

Frederick Brown, 45, of Clayton, who was also on a motorcycle, suffered a broken leg and was taken to Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield.

Kealey was not injured.

Troopers said that charges are pending in the wreck. They said that alcohol, drugs and speed were not factors in it.