RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina State University student apparently had been celebrating his 21st birthday, investigators said, before he struck a bicyclist near campus late Wednesday morning. The victim was transported to WakeMed, where she died.
According to a Raleigh police report, Brian Anthony Reid, 21, of 310 S. Sixty Court in Graham, had a strong odor of alcohol, glassy eyes, slurred speech and admitted he had been drinking. He registered 0.12 in an alcohol breath test.
Reid was charged with one count each of driving while impaired, felony assault by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed.
The crash happened shortly before 11 a.m., police said, when the Ford F-150 Reid was driving struck Nancy Antoine Leidy near N.C. State at Nazareth Street and Crusader Drive.
Leidy, 60, was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh. She died at 7:45 p.m., a hospital spokesperson said.
She was riding on the right-hand side of the road and was wearing a helmet, police said.
Reid, a junior engineering major at N.C. State, was released on a $10,000 secured bond Wednesday evening.
His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
At the Wake County magistrate's office Wednesday afternoon, Reid's father called the crash "an unfortunate accident" and said "our prayers are with the family."