Two People Are Dead In Fiery Motorcycle-Taxi Crash

Two people are dead after a taxi and motorcycle crashed in Wilmington about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

Police say the motorcycle was traveling at a very high rate of speed on Eastwood Road when it struck the taxi, causing it to overturn. Officials say both vehicles caught on fire.

Police report when the flames were finally extinguished, they found the motorcycle driver inside the taxi.

The driver of the motorcycle was 26-year-old William Wilson Ward Jr. of New Hanover County, and police say he had borrowed the motorcycle. Officials also say earlier this month, Ward had been cited for driving during revocation.

Also killed in the crash was the driver of the taxi, Shukil Mohamed Rahimbux, age 49, of Wilmington.

According to a release, Eastwood Road was closed for over five hours, and the state Department of Transportation sent a truck to help clear the wreckage and debris from the roadway.

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  • by Larry Location: Jacksonville on Jun 27, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    We all have to Die sometime.....
  • by anonymous Location: London on Feb 26, 2009 at 05:04 PM
    Not all motorcyclists are bad drivers. If anything, I respect them more than car drivers as they've got alot more pressure!But this motorcyclist does not deserve any sympathy what so ever!!! If he was not speeding as high as he was, atleast the Taxi driver, who deserved to live, would have survived! Pitty how some people do not think about others when they're on the road! Anyone who thinks the taxi driver was at fault obviously does not know how to read an article! And as for religion, God knows why people always have to bring that in...o well I guess they have nothing better to do...
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 at 04:15 PM
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Feb 23, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    I hate to read this, as I love riding my Motorcycle, but given that the article stated he was going at a high enough rate of speed for the motorcycle exploded and the car was turned over makes me think he was possibly riding a "crotch rocket", or since they said he borrowed it, maybe he was not experienced enough to be riding. Not all motorcyclist travel at a high rate of speed. I enjoy the slower travel taking in the countryside. God rest their souls.
  • by voter Location: nc on Feb 22, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    TOWNCAR???,,holy defecation,,,sometimes a DOT helmet just doesn't matter.
  • by ex-taxiguy on Feb 22, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    What the above article DOESN'T say is that the "taxi" involved was a LINCOLN TOWNCAR. The motorcycle was going so fast that not only did he explode on impact, setting Shak's towncar on fire, but also according to one article "bowled the taxi over" .. think about it.
  • by voter Location: nc on Feb 22, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    a motorcycle turned a taxi cab over? that's a lot of momentem.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    If Al Sharpton is a Muslim, he'll be on this one for sure.

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