A bicyclist lost his life after being struck by a vehicle on N. Roxboro Street in Durham, North Carolina (NC), on the night of November 16, 2014. The deadly accident near the intersection with Chateau Road was the third fatal collision involving a bike rider in the Research Triangle within six weeks.
The driver who appears to be at fault for the most recent crash fled the scene before police and emergency medical personnel arrived. Officials suspect the vehicle was a Jeep Cherokee, and they are asking anyone with information about the hit-and-run collision to contact them by calling (919) 683-1200. Drivers in the earlier wrecks have been identified but not charged.
According to the Durham News, an SUV exiting a convenience store parking lot fatally struck a bike rider on the sidewalk along Chapel Hill's Martin Luther King Boulevard on October 3. Then, on October 27, a pickup truck turning left off Duke University Road ran into a bicyclist traveling straight through an intersection.
“The recent bicyclist deaths in the region only serve to reinforce BPAC’s [Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission] request that the City of Durham and Durham County focus additional resources on improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety through education, enforcement, and engineering improvements that make all Durham streets ‘complete’ and safe for all users,” Erik Landfried told the newspaper.
As Carolina wrongful death attorneys who have helped many families following fatal pedestrian and bike accidents, my colleagues know that the city and county can do much to make roads safer. As important as those actions would be, however, nothing will do more to protect the health and lives of people on foot or on bicycles than drivers paying attention. Each of the deadly wrecks that have occurred in Durham recently seem to have happened simply because the person behind the wheel of a truck or SUV did not see the victim because they did not look carefully enough. That is inexcusable.