New Info: Motorcyclist Killed In Pitt County Crash

Authorities say 61-year-old Lonnie Hood of New Bern was killed in the accident.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 31-year-old Louis Mitchell of Vanceboro was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

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A motorcyclist has been killed in an accident on a rural Pitt County road.

The crash involved a motorcycle and a tractor trailer at the intersection of Highways 43 and 102 in Calico. That's in southern Pitt County.

State troopers say the cyclist was killed and traffic is backed up on Highway 43. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m.


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  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM
    I was there shortly after the accident happened. Im sad to see that the biker did not survive. I was on my way down to NB from Rocky Mount for the HD Rally and called my husband and told him to go another way. 43 is way to dangerous and they need to do something about it. I visit NB about once a month and almost everytime there is an accident on this road. The problem is NOT the bikers its the careless drivers in cars and trucks that dont pay attention. They need to put a light at that intersection instead of a blinking light to let you know traffic is coming. Its always coming on that road and we get it. My heart goes out to the family and im sorry that there are idiots on here trying to say that the trucker shouldnt be punished... he wasnt paying attention end of story!
  • by Raymond Location: Roanoke Rapids on May 19, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    I understand he did not stop at the red blinking light. The law states that he is required to do just that. Bikers (including me) have been intimidated for years. I was riding in Craven County on several different days and had oncoming cars actually go over the center line to try and intimidate me riding near the line. One of them almost hit me. Then you have the drivers that come screaming up behind you and continually surge forward and back to make you think they are going to hit you in the rear. Motorcycles have to ride near the line or near the edge of the road to avoid the slippery oil that seeps out of the trashy vehicles going up and down the road. It is dangerous to ride in the middle of the lane. Give the bikers a legal break. The last time I looked, we had the right to use any of the lane inside the left yellow line to the right white line. By the way, to the troopers that might be reading this, Craven County is the worst county I have ever ridden in with this type of abuse.
  • by bikers Great neice Location: SC on May 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM
    For those of you who only feel sorry for the trucker should be ashamed, the biker was my great uncle and none of our family members appreciate some of the rude things people have left on these comments. My Uncle was a GREAT man and i hope none of you have to go through this and those of you who have i am truley sorry and those of you who are praying for us thank you we need it. but disgusted i know my cousin sonia already made it clear that she was upset about what you put but dont just put on here that your just praying for the trucker, i wish everyone would realize how much pain our family is in. everyone who stayed with my uncle and tried to help him thank you very much, i love my uncle with all of my heart & that will NEVER change, it makes me upset that some of you can post these comments and not feel bad, & i will keep you in my prayers, i know my uncle is in a better place which makes me feel a little bit better but please keep us in your prayers, thank you.
  • by Crazy Deb Location: Shallotte on May 17, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    First... we need to get misdemeanor and death out of the sentence in this situation. Bikers in NC fought long and hard to increase penalties for ROW violations only to see our bill homogenized to protect those poor drivers and their lawyers versus recognizing that someone's right of way was violated. Too many bikers lost to this without significant penalty.
  • by Joe & Mary White Location: Goose Creek Sc on May 16, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    My family were close friends of Lonnie and I and my son were fortunate enough to work with him since the early eighties. My son Joey started out working for Lonnie and we are eternally grateful for the knoledge and work ethic he was taught during those years, as a matter of fact I think it was Lonnie who inspired him to continue his education and strive for higher goals which he has achieved. Lonnie and I worked together in SC, La, NC, Ala,Ga,Pa, for over twenty years. In the last few years we have taken motorcycle trips and he was always a extremely safe rider who played by the rules. He was one of the finest, hardest working, people I've known. When He said I've got your back you could take it to the bank, he would be there hell or high water. I'm sorry Patty that Lonnie is gone, but he will never be forgotten. Our whole family will sincerely miss a true blue friend. In my mind he wasa solid gold.
  • by Candi Location: Chocowinity on May 16, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    I came upon the scene before any law enforcement or EMS. My 4year old asked, why is that man lying in the street? BIG talk about that. But I saw someone performing CPR while another bystander was directing traffic and prayed for all: the motorcyclist, the truck driver, and the everyday heroes who were taking charge of the situation until officials arrived. I pray for all those involved that day.
  • by NC_Dave on May 16, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    My thoughts and prayers to the families of the Biker and the truck driver. I ride and know how much fun it is, but I have had a number of close calls from people that just "didn't see". Look twice... Save a life. Motorcycles are everywhere, like it or not.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    I live on a rural farming road (low traffic) and every Saturday/Sunday, a small group of rice burners/crotch rockets FLYS by my house at very high speeds. You can hear them coming a mile away. I'd guess they are traveling at least 100 mph. NO CARS do this! The way some of these young guys weave through traffic is scary at least, dangerous for sure and very stupid. I ran into the back of a semi (log truck) @ 50 mph several years ago. Thank God I was in a full-sized pickup, wearing a seat belt and my airbag deployed. I can't imaging surviving the impact had I been on a cycle... My friend nearly had a wreck on his Harley because of a small patch of sand in a curve. Bear hunting is dangerous...yet some people still do it.
  • by Sonia Location: Summerville,SC on May 16, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    This message is for DIsgusted. I am the niece of Lonnie Hood. I do not appreciate what you have said. Has anyone of us got on here and blamed anyone. No we are in such pain right now. We are not only praying for our family but the family of the trucker.No one wins in a situation like this. I can only hope and pray that you never have to go through anything like this in your life and see it played out in the news. So until you truly know the comments of the family and their beliefs you need to watch what you have to say. To Mr Jimmy Bennett.....thank you.
  • by Truckers's wife & Mom of 2 Location: NC on May 16, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    FACT DOG, U really need to get your FACTS straight! Yes, there may B a few "renegade, hot shot" truckers out there, same as 4-wheelers & bikers, but for the majority these R hard working men & women R trying to make sure their families have a roof over their heads and food to eat. And furthermore, they make it possible for U to have all these things too! People like U R trying to give the industry a bad name! Ride with a trucker for 24 hrs, then I think U would change your perception. This is a sad situation for all involved. Mr Lonnie is gone, and the trucker will never B the same either. Many lives have been changed.
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