No Charges Will Be Filed Against Driver Whose Car Hit Bicyclist

The Highway Patrol tells WITN the driver of a car that fatally hit a bicyclist will not be charged.

The Highway Patrol responded to the September 15th crash on Highway 11, just south of North Pitt High School in Bethel.

Troopers say 20-year-old Alfred Brown Jr. was riding his bike in the left lane of Highway 11 when he was struck and killed by a Volkswagen Jetta around 3 a.m.

Officials say It may have been difficult for the 59-year-old driver of the Jetta to see the cyclist because the cyclist was wearing all black and because of the lane the cyclist was traveling in. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the vehicle and his wife were treated for minor injuries.


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  • by Bob Location: not in the left lane on Sep 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    Many people here do not have a clue on the what laws of North Carolina for riding bicycles. The main rule is you need to ride the farthest to the right you can. North Carolina traffic laws require bicyclists to: Ride on the right in the same direction as other traffic Obey all traffic signs and signals Use hand signals to communicate intended movements Equip their bicycles with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 200 feet when riding at night. Wear a bicycle helmet on public roads, public paths and public rights-of-way if the bicyclists is under 16 years old Secure child passengers in a child seat or bicycle trailer if under 40 pounds or 40 inches
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    Oh my god people. This was an ACCIDENT. Get a grip. The driver of the Jetta did not hit the young man on purpose but you can be sure he will suffer everyday for the rest of his life. I hope this never happens to you who are judging.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    Oh my god people. This was an ACCIDENT. Get a grip. The driver of the Jetta did not hit the young man on purpose but you can be sure he will suffer everyday for the rest of his life. I hope this never happens to you who are judging.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    Oh my god people. This was an ACCIDENT. Get a grip. The driver of the Jetta did not hit the young man on purpose but you can be sure he will suffer everyday for the rest of his life. I hope this never happens to you who are judging.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:47 PM
    Oh my god people. This was an ACCIDENT. Get a grip. The driver of the Jetta did not hit the young man on purpose but you can be sure he will suffer everyday for the rest of his life. I hope this never happens to you who are judging.
  • by Brian Location: Greenville on Sep 22, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    This is a tragedy, and everyone should be thinking of the cyclist's family right now. But there's also a lot of bad information about biking out there, so please get the truth: 1. Bicycles are classified as vehicles under NC law and their drivers must obey all the same laws that car drivers must obey. That includes riding in the same direction as all the other traffic. Same rules, same rights, same responsibilities. 2. Biking is quite safe, if you do it properly. The golden rules: A) BE PREDICTABLE (i.e., follow the same traffic laws as everybody else driving on the road), and B) BE VISIBLE. The WORST thing you can do is to ride against the flow of traffic. Nobody's expecting you there, and it reduces your reaction time. If you're going to ride at night, the law requires a front headlight and a rear reflector; however, for safety you should have at least one red taillight as well. They are very cheap these days (try Walmart or Dealextreme.com). I strongly recommend that everybody take a bike safety course. Check www.bikeleague.org. Be safe, everybody.
  • by Thanks on Sep 22, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Thanks WITN for following up on the killing. Hopefully more will be done to keep everyone safe on the roads.
  • by Memorial on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    I see that there is a "ghost bike" memorial on rt 11 near the high school now. Maybe this will serve as a reminder for people to be more careful and for the killer to be charged.
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      by ghost bike? on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to Memorial
      What is a ghost bike?
  • by V on Sep 21, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/download/bikeped_about_commmeetingminutes00-07.pdf "There has been a recent bicycle crash in Greenville that resulted in an ECU School of Medicine employee (young mother commuting from work) being severely injured with life long disabilities. This reignited a new interest in local cyclists to make our community more bicycle friendly. The Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program (ECIPP) is assisting the group in developing strategies." extracted from DOT minutes of the STATE's BIKE COMMITTEE dated Nov. 2007. Here it is 2011 and now someone has DIED! WHY? Who dropped the ball? I would like someone to investigate and report back to taxpayers exactly how many were drawing state salaries from 2007 to now and just what the DOT did in Greenville to make it more BIKE safe!
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      by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM in reply to V
      this did not happen in greenville
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      by not much on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:08 AM in reply to V
      Even though the committee only cost the state a couple of thousand dollars per year in mileage reimbursements, the state NCDOT did away with the bicycle committee and stands to lose millions in federal grants because of it. Our state is quickly dropping to the bottom of "bike friendliness" so expect things to get worse.
  • by misha Location: rock city on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:04 AM
    To the family sorry to hear about your lost.I was a friend of his .may god bless u and every one envoled . rember God has us all in hand.
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      by someone on Oct 11, 2011 at 05:38 PM in reply to misha
      I see where some of u calling both the man and his wife killers .That is so silly of u and u need to get a clue the wife was not drive but just rideing along.She did nothing but get in the passanger seat . So ask your self how in the hell is she a killer.think befor u open your moth.
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