Raleigh driver charged after fatal collision with biker

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJuly 10, 2013 

The N.C. State Highway Patrol has charged an elderly motorist whose pickup truck turned into the path of a motorcyclist and killed him.

State troopers on Tuesday charged Hugh Bailey, 89, of Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, said 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a Highway Patrol spokesman.

The collision took place about 11:15 a.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Old Garner Road, near the Garner city limits, according to Gordon.

Troopers say Bailey was driving a Ford pickup truck east on Old Garner Road as a Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling west in the opposite lane. Bailey turned left into a private driveway and pulled into the path of the motorcycle, which plowed into the passenger side of the truck, according to Gordon.

The driver of the motorcycle, William Joseph DeGrace, 33, of Garner, died at the scene.

Last week’s fatal crash marked the second time in as many months that an elderly driver has been charged after a vehicle collision, the previous time involving a bicyclist.

In early May, Raleigh police charged a retired orthopedic surgeon, Thomas Castelloe, 81, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way after his car turned into the path of a bicycle. The bike rider, Raleigh construction executive Christopher Charles Mangum, 58, was thrown from the bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, Durham residents are mourning the death of another bicyclist, Seth Vidal, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Monday night.

Vidal, 36, was riding his bike north on Hillandale Road just before 9 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a car that also was traveling north. The driver did not stop, police said.

Maceo Christopher Kemp Jr., 27, turned himself in to police Tuesday afternoon. He has been charged with felony hit and run and driving with his license revoked.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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