Wreck injuries claim life of woman in Durham motorcycle crash

A woman who was one of two people riding a motorcycle that crashed on Interstate 40 last week has died from her injuries, police said Wednesday.

Sherry Blackburn, 47, of Washington, N.C., was riding on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by her husband, Ricky Blackburn, 48, when their machine struck a Mitsubishi Outlander on Friday morning, July 15, and they were thrown from the bike.

Officials had said after the accident that she was critically injured.

Ricky Blackburn, who was seriously injured, has been released from a hospital, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Wednesday.

The wreck happened in the westbound lanes between the Fayetteville Road and N.C. 751 interchanges about 8:40 a.m. Friday. The Mitsubishi and the Harley, which was pulling a trailer, both were merging to their left after several cars suddenly slowed in front of them, police said.

The front of the Harley struck the left, rear part of the Mitsubishi, they said.

No charges were filed in the accident, but Michael said Wednesday that it was still under investigation.

The crash and the investigation closed two of the three westbound lanes of the interstate for more than two hours.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT