Motorcyclist Dies After Beaufort County Accident

We now know the identity of the motorcyclist killed yesterday in Beaufort County.

Troopers have confirmed James Michael Harris died after he lost control of his bike on Gray Road, crossed the center line, and slammed into a pick up truck. It happened around 3-15pm.

The truck driver says he tried to avoid the motorcycle but it came straight at him. Authorities say the pick up truck driver was not seriously injured.

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A motorcycle driver was seriously injured when his cycle crashed into an oncoming pickup truck.

The accident happened around 3:15 p.m. on Gray Road, that's south of Chocowinity in Beaufort County.

The motorcycle driver was first taken to Beaufort County Hospital and then airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The pickup truck driver says he was heading down Gray Road when the approaching cycle apparently lost control, skidded and then hit the front of his truck. The driver says he tried to avoid the motorcycle, but it came straight at his truck.

A passenger in the pickup was also injured, possibly by the air bag which deployed.

Gray Road was shut down as rescue crews cleared the wreckage and state troopers investigated the crash.


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  • by CHIEF Des Champs Location: VA. Bch on Oct 15, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    To the Harris:, Mayos: Lavern, Shirly and Mike's wife TIffany and the kids I send my deepest condolences to you. If there is anything that I can do for you please let me know. Country was like a brother to all of us on LCU 1657 and 1663. If you were down and Country was around you couldn't help but smile, he will be miss by all that knew him and HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. LOVE YA COUNRTY!!
  • by Susan Location: Washington,NC on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    If any family deserves everyone's prayers and condolences,it is this family...they don't come any finer. I know words seem meaningless at a time like this,but just know Lavern & Shirley and the rest of the family that you are cherished & loved and our thoughts are with you....
  • by a friend Location: greenville on Oct 4, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    i have known michael as long as i can remember. he was always a happy, free spirited guy someone who could always make you smile. he will very much be missed. my heart goes out to his family.
  • by John Quain & Family Location: norfolk, va on Oct 3, 2009 at 11:23 PM
    Today is Sunday Oct. 4th and we just heard the tragic news from Ann & Dan next door. I am in total shock and cannot express how sorry i am that i was always "too busy" to take time out and share more time with Mike & Tiffany and your family. We got to know Hayli more than anyone, she also is an honor student at our daughter's school. if there is anything we can do to help out during this tragic time just let us know. In the meantime we will continue to pray for your family.
  • by regina Location: beaufort county on Oct 3, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    I am not family,but this has really made me sad.I was a friend of mike sr and coming home from work one night from pungo hospital and stop to help out @ an accident and it was my friend mike,my thoughts went to his children,I so didnt want this to be his son.It brought back everything to me,so I know the family needs our love at this time.REV 21:3,4, Thinking of you.
  • by friend Location: virginia on Oct 2, 2009 at 09:06 PM
    My heart goes out to TIffany(mikes wife)Skyler(mikes son)Keira(mikes daughter)and Hayli(mikes stepdaughter).There are no words to express the pain you are feeling right now and how sorry I am that you are in so much pain. It seams like yesterday all of you were at my house.I love you all.Remember time will be your best friend.
  • by colleen Location: Washington on Oct 2, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    Shirley I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family. Your a wonderful friend and co-worker. I cannnot imagine the pain you are feeling now. I wish I could easy it for you.
  • by American Biker on Oct 2, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    To the family of this young man. I did not know him, but as a Biker / Rider myself, I would just like to pay my respects and offer my condolences to the family......
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington NC on Oct 2, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    My prayers are with you Lauren Ann and the rest of Mike's family! Rest in Peace Michael!
  • by family Location: beaufort county on Oct 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Absolutely prayers for the Mayo family! But the Harris family is suffering from the domino effect of contiuous lose(s) over the years. Michael Jr.'s dad, Michael senior, was taken away from the family in a similar tragedy in 1997. An aunt and uncle were taken some years before Michael was born - while still in their teenage years - under tragic circumstances. His grandmother passed away unexpectedly 6 years ago. This leaves his grandfather and one uncle on the Harris side to bear the burden of multiple grief. Pray for the HARRIS family also! The Kennedys are not the only family to ask, "Dear God, why us again?"
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