At the corner of N.C. 751 and Luther Drive, near the border between Wake and Chatham counties, a bicycle has been chained to the street sign. It is painted white, and flowers spill out of its basket.
This is a ghost bike – a memorial sometimes erected at the site of fatal crashes between automobiles and cyclists. This particular bike is here in memory of Jason Markley, a man from Cary who died Oct. 21, after he was struck by a pickup truck during an early morning ride.
The N.C. Highway Patrol, which investigated the collision, said Markley was heading south on N.C. 751 when he was struck from behind while attempting to turn left onto Luther Road. Ramsey Even Capps, 42, of Apex, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed. The Highway Patrol’s report indicated that alcohol or other substances were not a factor in the collision.
Markley, 36, worked at Cisco in Cary. He is remembered as an avid cyclist and outdoorsman, as well as an active member of Cary’s Crosspointe Church. He leaves behind his wife, Pamela, and children, William, Cora and Charles.
It was the second crash involving cyclists in the Triangle in five days. The crash occurred days after Cary official Lori Cove of Raleigh and Virginia Davis of Cary were struck by a driver on Oct. 17. Both women were riding their bicycles with two other cyclists on High House Road near Cary’s Bond Park when they were hit.
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