Bicyclist Critical After Being Struck By SUV

A Pitt County teenager was critically injured after troopers say he was riding a bicycle the wrong way on Stantonsburg Road Wednesday.

John Rampey, who turns 17 on Friday, was thrown 40 feet when the SUV struck him.

Troopers say no charges will be filed against the SUV driver. The Highway Patrol says Rampey was westbound in the eastbound lane when he tried to make a U-turn and turned head on into the SUV.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital says Rampey is listed in critical condition.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    Lets face it, people on bicycles will continue to get run over no matter which way they are riding, as long as they are on the road. Play it safe, stay in your yard.
  • by G'Ville Biker Location: Greenville on Jan 23, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Anti-Terrorist: The research is against you. WAY against you. People who ride bikes against the flow of traffic get hit 3.6 TIMES MORE than those who ride with the traffic. Check it out: Your analogy to walking is not accurate: when you're walking, you can stop instantly and step off the road instantly. Not true when you're on a bike. Furthermore, in order to ride against the traffic, you have to share a narrow lane with cars -- which, as I said before, isn't safe. Cars should pass bikes in the passing lane, just like any other vehicle. The best way to prevent collisions is to make sure that everyone is playing by the same rules. Please, everybody, read the NCDOT's Streetwise Cycling guide: It's also a good idea to take a League of American Bicyclists safety course. Biking is safe and fun -- you just need to learn how to do it right.
  • by Anonymous Location: Gville on Jan 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    I was present at an accident only a few weeks ago and there were 2 guys, one riding the bike and one on the handle bars leaving the kangaroo store on corner of evans and arlington and just proceeded to weave in and out of traffic as people were turning left. And they were hit. It was HILARIOUS to me b/c that's what they get for thinking that everyone should stop for them and no rules apply to them. They went FLYING over the handlebars and got back up, picked the bike up and left it on the curb and took off running! tell me what they were doing?!?! Yeah...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:20 PM
    To all reading this blog. If you live on a busy street, please do not buy your child a bike and expect them not to ride on the road in front of your house. I am sure this child knew how to ride a bike, but he was not old enough to know the rules of the road and how to anticipate the movement of traffic. Please look out for your children!
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    Y'know... in Marin County in NorCal they make a lot more considerations for cyclists than anywhere I've seen in the US. Unfortunately, a lot of them have a nasty 'tude about their position & take advantage of that fact unfairly BUT.. there are sufficient bike lanes - only because the streets are designed to accomodate that. You have to consider the costs of widening a road if necessary when speaking of "building bike lanes". The economy of an area, especially when rural, does not always allow for this sort of a change. Marin even has bike lanes (crazy as it sounds) on some segments of freeway, for a couple of reasons. One is because so many ppl do ride bikes, & because there are waterways EVERYwhere there & the fwys are pretty much the only efficient way to get anywhere. It's a VERY different area than Pitt county though. It's true, your roads are narrow, much like S. Tulsa (at least 20 yrs ago). Debating which direction to ride though is silly. Follow laws, be smart, stay alert.
  • by Traveler on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    The problem with riding against flow is if you get struck, you're definitely going head first into the hood or windshield. Honestly, the best place for a bicycle is secondary city streets, designated trails, or tracks that allow bicycles. I would never ride on a busy street or highway with only the gutter to ride in. It's suicide. That said, however. Motorists have to share the road and help watch out for pedestrians and cyclists. Another thing that street cyclists should have is a flashing red LED light on their bikes. You can buy one for under $10. When riding, visibility is key. Also hand signals help indicate direction changes.
  • by Slow pokes Location: On the roads on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    We should build a track in the middle of All Pines that is open only to mopeds, golf carts, walkers and bicycles, then the streets will be safe again.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    I never said this driver was at fault. My point was the slant on the story about riding on the wrong side of the road (not the middle of it). I have heard every excuse in the book why its better for the driver of the cars to have the cyclist going with the flow. Very little about why its better for the cyclist other than its what drivers expect. What side of the street do you walk on? Why? Normal bikes can't keep up with traffic any more than walking or jogging can. Law or not I will not put my live in the hands a driver more them myself while riding a bike. Until Greenville builds roads that accommodate cyclists (similar to part of Red Banks), I will continue to ride against traffic if I feel it is safer for me. SO all you right turners who only look left when turning right stop being stupid and do what you tell your kids "Look Both Ways"!! As is most of NC DOT driving laws, if riding a bike with the flow of traffic is a law, then it is a dumb without considering other conditions.
  • by G'ville Biker Location: Greenville on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    To "every day": No offense, but that's why you shouldn't ride as far to the right as you can. When you ride a bike, you have the right to use the whole lane. If the lane is less than 14 feet wide, it's too narrow to share safely with a car. Get yourself out to the middle of the lane -- or even a little left of the middle -- and make it clear that you're using the lane. If someone wants to pass you, they need to move over one full lane to the left. It's the same, no matter what kind of vehicle you're using. Seriously -- you'll have a much better ride if you take control of the lane. >>>Posted by: every day I first hand have experienced being struck by a car while riding with the traffic as far to the right as I could get. They didn't yield or stop. I walk daily. Seldom do I see cars move over ( even slightly) to give any room.
  • by fed up Location: greenville on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    to me: I live right down the road from where this happened. Monday and Tuesday, these kids were riding their bikes in the middle of the road. They would not even look and run right out of their driveway in front of traffic. I had to almost stop both days to avoid hitting one of these kids. So to say the driver was at fault, that is just crazy. I hope he does recover fully, but at the same time, I hope the other kids there will pay more attention. People all along that stretch of road and on down by the corner store, walk and ride bikes in the middle of the road. I assume they are worried about getting their shoes dirty or whatever. But tire marks would be hard to remove from those shoes. People can blame it on the roads, no bike lanes, or whatever. But personally seeing how these kids were doing in that area, it was only a matter of time.

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