UPDATED: Motorcycle Crash Kills Man, Critically Injures Woman

State troopers have now released the name of the man killed in a motorcycle accident Monday in Craven County.

Troopers say James Belcher of Jacksonville was killed when his motorcycle and another vehicle collided in Highway 70.

A passenger, 46-year-old Sylvia Hicks of Hampstead, was critically injured in the accident.

Troopers tell us charges are still pending in the crash.


For the fourth time in ten days, a motorcyclist has been killed in an accident in Eastern Carolina.

Havelock officials say the crash happened on U.S. 70 near Havelock in Craven County, by Havelock Building Supply.

Troopers say the man on the motorcycle was killed and the woman riding with him was critically injured in the collision with an SUV Monday afternoon.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Charges are pending. The crash created extensive traffic tie-ups on Monday afternoon and into the evening.

Charles Poe and Wayne Whitley, Jr. died in a crash in Goldsboro last Saturday. Harold Yater was killed in a crash in Winterville last week.


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  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 30, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    DISGUSTED...I agree with you. I kno I have had another post on another bike story that was saying that both are at fault at one point in time. I ride with my partner and I just wish everyone was as cautious. It does seem like people are coming down on drivers but I honestly don't think that most of them are just blaming vehicles. Or at least they shouldn't be. OH and my comment was meant for CYNDI but apparently I'm the only one not allowed to type her name in and give her condolences.
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:20 PM
    I have to totally 100% agree with Disgusted, she is right! I'm not some careless,reckless, or crazy driver who tries to run over bikers! Get over it!!
  • by T Location: Washington on Apr 29, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    To J in G-Ville.. Like I said, I think he is law enforcement(T on 4/28/09 @ 5:29 pm). He has to be real careful in his wording, but it just seems he was one of the first responding units. How else would he know if the bike was speeding? How would he know the car skidded 150' It just sounds as though he has seen many of these incidents, as I have.Comes with the territory. The common person is not paying attention to skid marks and speeding, or what they may perceive as speeding. I'll agree, his comments are out of line, but his opinion is just as important as yours or mine. If u ride, STAY SAFE brother. Later, and have a good day.
  • by BB Location: Richlands NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    To Cyndi I am sorry for your lose and I know what you mean about your sister pain, My brother in law was in the wreck on the 18th where two were killed and he is in pitt fighting to keep his leg, they were just riding to raise money for a lady that has cancer and then a man hit 6 bikers head on. My brother flow over the truck and was air lifted to pitt, the man is out of jail walking around and here is my brother fighting to see if he will ever be able to walk agin, His family life has been changed for ever. I am praying for your sister if there is anything that we can do just let us know. God be with your sister and your family.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    I AM sorry for the death fo this man & the other in previous weeks, but all U bikers are talking like people who drive other vehicles are on a "seek & destroy" mission. My husband drives a semi for a living and you aren't saying anything about the times he is cut off by a group of riders, and they flip him off! or U ride in between him and another rig up the lane dividing line, or when he's trying to stop for a light, U whiz in front of him, making him jam on breaks and spill the load in his trailer, or when U get off the front quarter panel and just hang out there and he can't move over to accomodate traffic merging from the "on ramps" without getting runover himself. All I'm saying is that other drivers are now out to "get U" like you are making it sound like on this blog. My husband has owned bikes and has had to lay one down because of another vehicle, so I do know what it's like. Just think before U comment. I know I'll most likely get slammed for this but it is what I've seen!
  • by T Location: Washington on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    To buddy d.. Man, ain't that the truth. They punch the accelerator at the stoplight, and what do u know, they are right beside you at the next light about to stroke out. I can read their lips, and I just get a good chuckle. Ride on brother. Stay safe.Condolences to all involved. Wish you a speedy recovery Sylvia.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    I know it will be hard but just ignore the ognorant people who think they know EXACTLY what happened. I am so sorry for what you may be going through and I still hope one day they dont have to go through the same thing just to get the point across. Wilma. Deal with it. Common sense. How dare you try to tell someone exactly what these people were doing. Who cares if you saw the accident, you have no idea because you weren't on the bike nor in the car. The situation is bad enough without your petty comments and accusations.
  • by Natalie (Treat) Martin Location: Lovington, IL on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    My prayers go out to Silva and wish her a full recovery. Jimmy was my friend of 31 years..we shared alot of riding and laughs over the years...the most I will miss is that great smile...I have rode my own bike for 26 years now and the scariest part is the other vehicles we see you start seeing us....
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Thoughts and prayers go out to the familiees of all the victims. What has happened with all these fatalities lately? This is getting out of control. The only way that anybody can point out whos fault it was is if they saw the wreck first hand or they know somebody personally that saw the wreck first hand. I am not going to say whos fault it was. I didnt see it. Everybody needs to be more careful of surroundings. I have had people pull out right in front of me, both motorcycles drivers and non-motorcycle drivers. I am not taking a side on this, but everybody, take that extra second if it means keeping from having to spend thousands of dollars in someone elses medical expenses. One other thing I will say is that with the conditions there are sometime, there are certain places that need to be just for automobiles to ride on, certain places for just motorcycles to be on, and yes also certain places that allow access for both. That can prevent deaths in a heartbeat as well.
  • by buddy d Location: wallace on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    i pray for all families involved . this is terrible. just a few stats to give some insight. in 2007 there were 585 murders in north carolina. that same year there were 1,687 traffic deaths in n.c.[ accordingto the attorney generals office of stas] i ride a motorcycle and you really have to be careful with your own driving and watch for other traffic as well. at a green light/stop sign, always look both ways and back to the left again before taking off if crossing two or more lanes.i rather have someone hit me sitting still at 1/2 mile per hour than just going on out and crossing the lanes and not looking.everyone is in such a hurry these days to get somewhere a minute sooner. when they pass you flying and you get to the next traffic light most of the time you end right up beside or behind them. they got no-where fast. remember. you gotta consider the idiot factor. accidents don't just happen, they are caused! speed is not always the factor in crashes.it is human error along with that.
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