Police said that signs along Tryon Road in Raleigh hindered the vision of a motorcyclist who police estimated was going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone and of the driver of a car into which the bike crashed, throwing the rider more than 100 feet into a car going the other way.
Police identified the rider as Robert Earl Lyons, 44, of Raleigh. He was pronounced dead at the scene, they said.
Police said signs interfered with Lyons and Wayne Curtis Hodges, 58, of Raleigh, being able to see each other when Hodges was pulling his Honda sedan out of the parking lot at the Firearms Safety and Training Center Inc. at 301 Tryon Road at about 5 mph.
The accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. just east of South Wilmington Street, and it closed Tryon for a time.
In a report on the accident, police said the 2000 Suzuki motorcycle that Lyons was riding east hit the front end of Hodges’ Honda as it started a left turn, and Lyons was thrown 113 feet.
Lyons hit a Toyota sedan that Roberta Alston Sanders was driving west on Tryon at about 35 mph, the report said.
Hodges and Sanders were unhurt, and police said no charges were filed.