Durham man charged with scooter rider's death

From staff reportsAugust 22, 2013 

— Police charged a Durham man a day after the car he was driving turned in front of a motor scooter and killed the rider.

James Byrd of Alpine Road in Durham was charged Thursday with one count each of failure to yield right of way and misdemeanor death by vehicle, according to Durham police spokesman Kammie Michael.

The accident occurred Wednesday just before 2 p.m. on University Drive at Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard in West Durham.

Police said Joshua Johnson, 33, of Durham was driving a scooter south on University Drive when Byrd attempted to make a left turn onto Durham-Chapel Boulevard and turned in front of the scooter. The two-wheeler collided into the side of the car, police said.

Emergency workers transported Johnson to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Michael said.

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