State troopers said a Chevy Trailblazer going west on N.C. Highway 210 tried to turn left onto Black Creek Road. An eastbound motorcycle slammed in the side of the SUV.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead upon arrival at WakeMed. The driver of the SUV was transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities shut down N.C. 210 for a time while they investigated and cleaned up the accident scene.
Troopers said charges are pending.
Officials withheld the names of those involved in the wreck.