Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a Durham bicyclist Saturday night on North Roxboro Street north of Chateau Road near the Old Farm neighborhood.
It is the third death of a Durham cyclist in the past six weeks.
Officers were sent to the call shortly before 8:30 p.m. They found a man lying in the southbound lanes of North Roxboro Street. A damaged bicycle was nearby. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police identified the man as Tony Morris Turner, 56, of Durham.
Investigators think the vehicle that struck him was a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle may have damage to the front end. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.
“The Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission is deeply saddened by this tragedy and hopes that the driver turns him/herself into the authorities immediately,” commission Chairman Erik Landfried said.
“The recent bicyclist deaths in the region only serve to reinforce BPAC’s request that the City of Durham and Durham County focus additional resources on improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety through education, enforcement, and engineering improvements that make all Durham streets ‘complete’ and safe for all users,” Landfried said.
The cyclists’ group Bike Durham posted a notice of Turner’s death on its Facebook page:
“Bike Durham is deeply saddened by the tragic killing of Tony Morris Turner this weekend by a hit and run driver on (North) Roxboro, and of the recent deaths of Durham cyclists Kent Winberry on W. Chapel Hill St.. and Pamela Lane killed while cycling in Chapel Hill.
“These tragedies are not OK. They underscore our city and state's lack of priority for the safety for non-motorized road users.”
• Winberry, 52, died Oct. 27 from injuries he suffered Oct. 18 when struck while riding east on Duke University Road.
A Dodge Ram pickup driven by an 84-year-old man traveling in the opposite direction struck Winberry when the driver tried to turn left in front of the cyclist, police said. No charges have been filed against the driver, but the accident remains under investigation.
• Lane, 57, of Coggins Mine Court in Durham was killed Oct. 3 in Chapel Hill as she rode on a sidewalk along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Chapel Hill.
Lane was traveling south against the flow of traffic when she was run down by an SUV exiting a convenience store parking lot. The driver wasn’t charged after police determined that she hadn’t broken any laws, according to the Chapel Hill Police Department.