Orange County

No charges filed in Chapel Hill cyclist’s death

The driver who fatally struck a cyclist Oct. 3 on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will not be charged, Chapel Hill police said Friday.

Pamela Lane, 57, of Coggins Mine Court, Durham, was riding her bike south on the eastern sidewalk, near Hillsborough Street, when she was struck by a car. She died a few hours later at UNC Hospitals.

Lane was traveling south along the northbound side of the road. State law typically requires cyclists to ride in the road with traffic, but the town’s local rules let cyclists use that part of the sidewalk to get from the nearby Bolin Creek Greenway to a safe crossing at the MLK Boulevard-Hillsborough Street intersection.

Chapel Hill police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said the driver leaving the Run-in Jim’s gas station had stopped in the driveway and was waiting for northbound traffic to pass. Lane tried to cross in front of the driver and was hit, he said.

Lane, a native of Marblehead, Mass., had split her time in recent years between her hometown and Durham, where fiance Tim Flynn and his children live, just past the Chapel Hill town limits off Ephesus Church Road. The trained mediator was working at the Dispute Settlement Center in Carrboro.

Lane’s daughters Stephanie Lane and Cortney Cummings, as well as her grandson Henry, parents, Ed and Maggie Smith, and a sister and brother still live in Marblehead. Another sister lives in Newton, Mass.