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Raleigh motorcyclist killed in high-speed wreck

Posted May 12, 2011 6:12 a.m. EDT
Updated May 12, 2011 6:53 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man died when his motorcycle crashed at nearly 100 miles per hour on a downtown road Wednesday evening, according to the wreck report prepared by police.

Richard Jerrod McNeil, 35, was driving a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle at 106 mph down State Street, between Bragg and Peterson streets, around 7:15 p.m., the report states. As the motorcycle came to the top of the hill, McNeil locked up the brakes, causing the bike to skid and strike the curb.

McNeil was ejected, struck a mailbox and ended up lying in the opposite lane, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bike traveled another 300 feet after impact before it struck an air conditioning unit and came to a stop.

The motorcycle left tire impressions for about 300 feet before hitting the curb at 95 mph, the report states. The speed limit on State Street is 35 mph.