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Charge Against Student Upgraded in Bicyclist’s Death

Brian Anthony Reid, 21, a junior at N.C. State, faces one count of felony death by motor vehicle in the death of Nancy Antoine Leidy, 60.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina State University junior now faces a felony death by motor vehicle charge in connection with a fatal a fatal accident involving a bicyclist.

Nancy Antoine Leidy, 60, died Wednesday evening after she was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck that Brian Anthony Reid, 21, was driving, police said.

Reid, a junior from Graham, was charged Wednesday afternoon with one count each of driving while impaired, felony assault by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed.

The felony assault by motor vehicle charge was dropped Thursday with the understanding that a more serious charge was pending.

Reid, who was out of jail on a $10,000 bond, surrendered to authorities Thursday. He was released that afternoon on a $25,000 bond. He is expected to be in court at 9 a.m. Friday.

According to court records, Reid, registered a .12 in an alcohol breath test and admitted to police that he had been drinking when he struck Leidy at the intersection of Nazareth Street and Crusader Drive. Authorities said he had been celebrating his 21st birthday.

Leidy was taken to WakeMed shortly after 11 a.m. with serious injuries and died 7:45 p.m..

Friends said Leidy was a runner and had recently started biking. Police said she was obeying traffic laws.

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