Woman Charged In Motorcyclist's Death

A charge has also been filed against a woman for her role in the death of a motorcyclist. Court records show 23-year-old Kristiana Brant is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Authorities say Brant was the driver in a crash that killed James Belcher of Jacksonville Belcher was killed riding his motorcycle on Highway 70 in Havelock on April 26. Belcher was the fourth motorcyclist killed on Eastern Carolina roads in ten days time in April.

46-year-old Sylvia Hicks of Hampstead was also on the motorcycle. Crews rushed her to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where she spent days in critical condition. Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson said Hicks had been upgraded to fair condition.


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  • by crystal Location: vanceboro on May 13, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    Good Point Bob! Since I have been riding with my husband, I pay MUCH more attention to bikers on the road than I did before and I am way more cautious.
  • by Bill Location: Jamesville on May 13, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    I ride a motorcycle. I have to wear eye protection. I have to wear a DOT approved helment. I have a motorcycle indorsement on my license (extra written and road test) My motorcycle must burn its headlight at all times. I have to do all of this because motorist do not pay attention to the rules of the road. There is danger in all things we do. The problem happen when we must rely on others for our well being.
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on May 12, 2009 at 11:17 PM
    No thank you Bob, I won't ride a motorcycle if someone gave me a $1,000,000! Those are things are too dangerous! Don't try to tell me that they're safe! Have good night!!
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on May 12, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    Every person who drives a car or truck should have to ride a motorcycle for just one weekend. If they did so, they would be more carefull in their driving. Most motorcycle accidents are when cars turn left in front of the motorcyclist who is proceeding straight. The car driver does not SEE the motorcyclist. Almost every time I ride my motorcycle someone in a car or truck tries to take my life. Riding a motorcycle has made me a better car driver!!! Please look out for motorcyclist!!!!
  • by Dex on May 12, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    I don't know if a cell phone was involved or not, but that intersection is a constant accident waiting to happen. Left turns should not be allowed out of there. There is a stop light a few more feet down the service road she was turning out of that allows easy and safe left turns onto the highway. People just do not want to wait.
  • by wayln Hall Location: salem va on May 12, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    Wonder if a cell phone was invalved
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    Not surprised!
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