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Motorcyclist killed in Raleigh wreck

Posted March 5, 2009 8:55 p.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2009 11:21 a.m. EST

— A 21-year-old motorcyclist died in a wreck with a Jeep on Durant Road late Thursday afternoon, police said.

Matthew Blake Salyer, of Raleigh, was driving a 2007 Honda motorcycle at an excessive speed down Durant Road shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to the wreck report. Salyer's motorcycle slammed into a 2003 Jeep driven by William Johnston, 61, of Raleigh, as he was turning left turn onto Raven Ridge Road.

Salyer died of his injuries, police said.

Salyer was "driving at an excessive speed," the wreck report said. His motorcycle was going at 75 mph, and the Jeep at 25 mph at the time of impact. The posted speed limit on that stretch of Durant Road is 45 mph.

Police have not filed any charges.

Durant Road was closed for a while after the wreck.