Bicyclist Killed In Crash

By: Bill DiNicola
By: Bill DiNicola

Jacksonville Police are investigating a fatal crash when a man on a bicycle was hit by an SUV

It happened around 6:30 Tuesday morning on Western Boulevard Extension near Gateway North in Jacksonville.

Police say Joel Roberson was riding his bicycle when he was hit by an SUV being driven by Bryan Gullet, 23 of Jacksonville. Roberson was transported from the scene to Onslow Memorial Hospital and airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. There were no passengers in the vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    To Anon at 7:00 AM I think you mean, "you're" and it wasn't meant to be taken literal. I'm saying that drivers have many different distractions other than talking on a phone. You can't create a law for every distraction. You enforce the laws on the books. If I speed while talking on the phone, I have broken a speeding law. Enforce it as such. I am a casual cyclist but I also am a motorist too. First and foremost, the State of NC recognizes bicycles as vehicles and therefore should be given the same consideration as a car. At the same time, cyclists are under obligation by law to operate just like a motor vehicle and obey traffic laws.
  • by Quick to Judge Location: Jacksonville on Apr 9, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Why are people so quick to judge? I am not a bicyclist. But I yield to them and respect them and share the road with them. If there is not room for both of us, I drive the pace of the bicyclist until there is an opportunity to get around him. I have seen some disrepectful drivers and I have seen some cyclists not obeying the rules (ride WITH traffic, follow traffic light signals, make complete stops at intersections, use hand signals, wear bright reflective cloting at dark, etc). Let's wait til the story develops and the SUV driver make his defense.
  • by ECU Alumni Location: Jactionville NC on Apr 9, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    Jacksonville and Greenville are very different when it comes to riding a bicycle on the roads. In Jacksonville, I try to stay in residential areas when on a bike. Either place you are subject to being run over when on a bike.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    He wasn't killed by an SUV. He was killed by some nut case that wasn't paying attention to what he was doing.
  • by Marjorie Location: Charlotte NC on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    To those of you making jokes about this tragedy you make me sick. I worked with Joel's grandfather and am so sorry to hear about his loss. What a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
  • by Bike lanes needed on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    Greenville had several bike killings last year and still have no new bike lanes or even repainting of their old ones. People still ride on the sidewalks illegally and dangerously. When are we going to say enough is enough and slow down? Speed kills and roads are made for by all.
  • by bike rider on Apr 9, 2010 at 04:30 AM
    whjle riding a bike on the right side of the road , it is hard to see the driver comtng up from behind to be able to tell if he is texting or what he is doing , drivers need to be on the look out for every thing in his or her oath to kill some one is a hard thing to kive with , being a biker , child, or some ones pet, please stay alert and watch the road.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Apr 9, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    cellphone debate aside, why does the headline have to include the term SUV, why couldn't it just say vehicle. Maybe it's part of the continued demonization of a certain class of auto transportation. Although I would admit if it had been a prius, no one would have been hurt. Just sayin. My sincere condolenses to the family. Buzz-
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    To Anon at 10:55 - Now your just being stupid.
  • by again? on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:20 PM
    When are we going to stop accepting dangerous roads and start taking back our communities from these dangerous and poorly designed roads?
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