NEW INFO: Teen Bicyclist Remains In Critical Condition

A Pitt County teenager remains in critical condition after he was struck while riding his bicycle Monday afternoon.

State troopers say Jesse Joyner and his father were riding down Highway 33 West when a passing car hit the 16-year-old.

The Highway Patrol says the teen made an abrupt left turn as the car was trying to pass the bike.

After hitting the car, Joyner became airborne for 30 yards, landed on the highway and slid some 25 feet.

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A teenager was critically injured after state troopers say be made an abrupt left turn into the path of a car that was trying to pass.

The accident happened around 1:40 p.m. on Highway 33, just east of the Belvoir Free Will Baptist Church.

State troopers say the bicyclist, who is either 15 or 16-years-old, was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

They say a father and his teenage son were riding their bikes along Highway 33 when a Honda Accord came up behind them. As the car was passing, troopers say the teenager made an abrupt left turn and went onto the hood of the car.

After hitting the car, the teen became airborne for 30 yards, landed on the highway and slid some 25 feet.

The driver of the car was treated at the scene and troopers say it doesn't look like any charges will be filed.

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  • by Austin Lane Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    I am the neighbor of the victums family and Jesse is a very nice boy. keep him in your prayers. for all of those who are more concerned about the law than this young boys life you dont need to comment. Just think if it was your child or loved 1 period!!!!
  • by Nunya Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    I am a very close friend of Jesse Joyner . I love him with all my heart and i hope and prey to god that he is okay . for all the comments that was negative about this situation you can go to hell . i love you jesse and we preying for you to come out sonn ! ILOVEYOUJESSE ! <3
  • by merryanne Location: tarboro on Jun 23, 2010 at 02:58 AM
    This is a very sad situation for all of those involved. I hope and pray the Jesse will make a full recovery. The driver of the car is a friend of my sons and this is very difficult for him. Please do not forget that this was an accident, no one intended to hurt anyone and keep both families involved in your prayers.
  • by VP Location: Rocky Mount on Jun 22, 2010 at 09:38 PM
    Some people in Pitt County never cease to amaze me with some of the comments that you post! The big picture here is that someone's child is fighting for his life right now. Yes there are bicycle and road laws and all that stuff but if this was your child would you be trying to discuss laws right now? I am one of Jesse's teachers and he is one of the nicest kids I know. I and his other teachers are deeply saddened by this news. He is one of my "babies" at work and even though he turned if front of the car I am more concerned with the fact that he is fighting for his life. Those of you who know the words of prayer please continue to pray for this young man and his family as well as the driver of the car.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    Per Crystal's comment, let's all who will pray, do so for this young man and his family tonight. Can we agree so this family will get a blessing after already losing a wife and mother. If its the Lord's will, it will be done.
  • by S Location: ENC on Jun 22, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    Prayers go out to this young man for his swift for the bike vs. the motor vehicle controversy,its simple....When bike vs. car,the car always wins...period. That tells me all I need to know about riding on the highways.
  • by Mrs. Harrison Location: NPHS on Jun 22, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    Jesse is one of my students- a wonderful one I might add. We are praying for you Jesse and I hope to see you in class in August.
  • by Me Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    This is a horrible story. I can't imagine if I saw this happen to my son. I think what happened here was a true "accident". It looks like from the picture that the car had the right to pass by looking at the dotted line. It states that the boy made an abrupt left turn. I don't think it's a matter of how big the road was, just a matter of the boy made a mistake and it turned out really bad. I think some of you are right, prayer is needed for this family.
  • by James Tiberius Kirk Location: Star Fleet HQ on Jun 22, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    Roads are for motorized vehicles. You can argue this fact all day but bottom line is when a car and a bike meet the car always will win.
  • by Mustang Location: midstate on Jun 22, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    Hey Sammuel: What makes you think you own the road? I bet you wouldn't think about sharing the road with runners either. If you slow down and use caution; there's plenty of room to get around.

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