Bicyclist Dies At PCMH After Being Struck

A man riding a bicycle was killed Thursday night after he was hit by a car.

Goldsboro police say Thomas Mangum was riding his bike on 11th Street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by James Bunn. The accident happened around 7:25 p.m. near the intersection with Englewood Drive.

Police say Mangum was first taken to Wayne Memorial and then transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police say their investigation continues.

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  • by silas jayne on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    he was riding a bike because that's ALL he had to get around with. he wasn't out there for kicks. that's a fact
  • by ??? Location: Goldsboro on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    You are right that bikes have every right to the road and you are correct to say that CARS need to watch where they are driving, but i think you forgot to add one more line in your statement. It should have said BIKES need to watch where they ride at as well. Just throwing that out there....It is not always the vehicle operator that is in the wrong. Sometimes it is the bicycle riders fault.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    Knowing the area as I do, this particular street is not much like a street at all, but rather a long, narrow road that happens to be within the city limits. I'm thinking that a shoulder is non-existent there and would be a poor choice for a cycling enthusiast. It may have been a Point A to B rider who just happened to have the wrong driver overtaking him under bad circumstances. As for mdm, there aren't a lot of places a person can ride a smooth path away from cars and everybody doesn't do mountain biking off-road. However, there are better choices of streets in which to ride on and safety equipment isn't that expensive. I cringe everytime I see a kid riding a bike on the street without a helmet.
  • by to anon Location: nc on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    Yes, cyclists have every right to ride AND follow the rules of the road. I can't tell you how many times I've almost hit a rider who just came out of a side street with no warning, riding toward me at dusk in dark clothes, riding up beside stopped vehicles at stoplights and then attempt to go straight through as you're turning. I don't know the particulars of this accident, but don't just assume the rider is in the right. In the town where I live, many bike riders think the turn lane is their bike lane, not for crossing the road, but traveling in the turn lane. They have rights, but they also have rules and need to follow them!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    To mdm - bicyle riders have every right to ride on the roads. CARS need to look where they are going!
  • by mdm Location: nc on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM not ride your bycicle on the road or is very dangerous.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    Condolences to the family. While its not stated whether or not the victim was wearing a helmet, both kids and adults alike should have one to reduce the risk of serious head injuries. Of course, head injury may not have been the cause of death. However, it does state that he was riding at dusk. Avoid riding at night when you can, but make sure you have lights if you do. Reflectors aren't enough.

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