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Motorcycle accident in North Carolina leaves 1 dead

A motorcycle rider who has not been identified by police is dead after a serious accident, according to local authorities. The motorcycle accident happened on the late morning of July 5. Charges were apparently still pending in connection to this accident, and North Carolina police continue to investigate the particulars of the situation.

Reports indicate the motorcycle rider was travelling westbound when a pick-up truck driven by an 89-year-old man travelling the opposite direction attempted to turn into a private driveway. The driver did not see the motorcyclist and pulled directly in front of the other vehicle. The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the pick-up truck.

It is not clear whether the motorcyclist died on the scene or in hospital later, but he was declared dead by medical authorities. The driver of the pick-up truck did not suffer any injuries, according to medical personnel. Police have indicated that charges are pending in this particular case, although they do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash, nor was unsafe speed. Their investigation is still ongoing, however.

It is required by North Carolina law that every driver be mindful of the traffic around him or her, and that a degree of vigilance be exercised when executing turns, lane changes or other maneuvers that may be dangerous to others on the road. In the case of this motorcycle accident, it is possible that the age of the driver may have played a role in his failing to see the motorcyclist. Regardless of any criminal charges that may be brought to bear, the next-of-kin of the motorcyclist may wish to file a wrongful death suit against the truck driver once the man is identified and they are notified by North Carolina law enforcement.

Source: garnernews.net, "Fatal accident reported near Garner City limits," Stephanie Eaton Harvie, July 5, 2013

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