2nd Carrboro cyclist dies from hit-and-run injuries

tgrubb@newsobserver.comSeptember 22, 2013 

— A second cyclist died Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run last week on U.S. 15-501 south of Chapel Hill.

UNC Hospitals spokesman Tom Hughes said Alexandra Nicole Simou, 40, of Carrboro died Sunday from the injuries she suffered in the hit-and-run Thursday night. He did not know the time.

Simou and Ivin Levander Scurlock, 41, also of Carrboro, were riding their bikes south on U.S. 15-501 around 11:30 p.m. Thursday near the Southern Village development when they were hit from behind. They were just outside the Chapel Hill town limits, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers said.

A police officer driving to Pittsboro found Scurlock, who was wearing a reflective vest, in the road. He died at the scene, troopers said.

Simou was taken to UNC Hospitals, where she spent two days in critical condition in the intensive-care unit.

Troopers said the car that hit the two should have front-end and windshield damage, based on evidence found at the scene. No one reported seeing the accident, and troopers have no description of the car they are trying to find. They were following up on several leads Friday, troopers said.

More than a dozen blue gloves littered the shoulder of U.S. 15-501 Friday evening as a Highway Patrol team wrapped up a day re-enacting what might have happened. Neon green and orange spray paint marked where troopers had gathered data from the highway. Based on how the cyclists landed, troopers said they were hit by a smaller car.

The Highway Patrol asked that anyone with information that could help the investigation contact the Hillsborough Highway Patrol station at 919-732-2551 or the Raleigh Highway Patrol Communication Center at 919-733-3861.

Thursday’s hit-and-run was Chapel Hill’s second fatal accident involving a car last week.

Lisa Renee Baldwin, 41, of 107 Creel St., Apt. A, was struck and killed around 8:24 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of South Estes Drive and Fordham Boulevard.

Police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Walker said a preliminary investigation indicates that Baldwin was attempting to cross Fordham Boulevard against the light. She was hit by a 31-year-old Chapel Hill woman driving northbound on Fordham Boulevard, he said.

Police suspect Baldwin was impaired at the time of the accident and are awaiting toxicology reports, Walker said. There was no indication that the driver was impaired, he said.

No charges have been filed, and there were no other injuries, he said.

Chapel Hill has had previous stretches of fatal accidents involving cars and pedestrians or cyclists.

In 2006, two pedestrians and a bicyclist were killed in separate accidents over three days – a UNC professor emeritus crossing Fordham Boulevard on his way to watch a UNC basketball game; a man who was hit while crossing U.S. 15-501 near Southern Village; and a bicyclist who was hit by a Boston College men’s basketball team bus on N.C. 54.

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