The driver of a car that police say turned in front of a motorcyclist on Lead Mine Road on Saturday night has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, Raleigh police announced Wednesday.
Stewart Lee Higgins of Lakenheath Court was also charged with a safe movement violation. Police say Higgins, 37, turned left from Lead Mine onto Bridgeport Drive into the path of a motorcycle at about 10:15 p.m.
The motorcyclist, Matthew S. Roland of Dublin, Ga., hit the side of Higgins’ Toyota, according to a Raleigh police report. Roland, 23, and his passenger, Brittany Nicole Hay of Raleigh, were hospitalized with serious injuries. Roland later died.
Roland was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, according to the Army. He joined the Army in June 2011 and moved to the 82nd Airborne Division in July after being based at Fort Benning in Georgia for four years. He is survived by his parents and sister, according to the Army.
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” Lt. Col. Scott Pence, commander of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, said in a statement. “He arrived in July and quickly earned the trust and admiration of his platoon and troop.”
Crash investigators determined that Roland was going 45 mph when Higgins pulled in front of him and that Roland braked to try to avoid a collision, leaving skid marks on the pavement.