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Driver who hit Cary cyclist will not be charged

Posted July 14, 2009 4:41 p.m. EDT

— Police released the results of a probe Tuesday into the fatal crash involving an avid cycling advocate.

Bruce W. Rosar, 52, of Cary, died after a collision with a vehicle on South Salem Street, near the Apex Peakway, shortly after noon Saturday, police said.

Apex Police Capt. Ann Stephens said Tuesday an investigation showed Rosar had made a left turn from South Salem Street onto Apex Peakway and crossed into the path of a vehicle.

Markcus Lamont McGee was driving the Honda that hit Rosar.

Stephens said, according to witnesses she talked with, neither McGee nor Rosar saw one another until the moment of impact.

Rosar was part of a ride with other cyclists but had pulled away from the larger group when the collision happened.

McGee will not be charged, Stephens said, as Rosar failed to yield the right of way.

Rosar, owner of Triangle Roadway Bicycling, had been bicycling in the Triangle for more than two decades, according to his Web site. He served as the director of the North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance and was a founding member of the N.C. Coalition for Bicycle Driving.

In recent weeks, the Apex police department has recorded an increased number in cyclists in the area. Police have also seen more complaints from motorists that cyclists are not following the rules of the road, Stephens said over the weekend.

In the past month, Stephens said, police have started a campaign to make cyclists aware of the dangers on the road and remind them that they are required by law to follow the same rules of the road as motorists.