Motorcyclist going 80 mph just before fatal accident, say Raleigh police

From staff reportsJanuary 1, 2012 

— A Chapel Hill motorcyclist killed in an accident Friday night was going an estimated 80 mph on Glenwood Avenue just before he hit a car that had pulled out in front of him, according to Raleigh police.

Samuel Zachary Johnson, 24, of Elizabeth Street in Chapel Hill applied his brakes and left 114 feet of skid marks before hitting a car driven by Carolyn Elizabeth McCormick of Durham, according to a police accident report made public today.

Johnson was still going 51 mph when he hit the rear left corner of the car and was thrown, according to the report. The speed limit on that stretch of Glenwood Avenue, near the entrance to Umstead State Park, is 45 mph.

McCormick, 37, was charged with an unsafe movement violation and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Neither she nor two passengers in her car were injured.

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