Dirt Bike Rider Killed In Crash

A 27 year old Greenville man was killed when his dirt bike ran into the back of a city vehicle that was stopped in a center turn lane, with its emergency flashers blinking.

The Highway Patrol says Derrick Pittman of Greenville was killed Wednesday evening after the accident on Belvoir Rd., which is Highway 33, near Hop Tyson Rd.

Troopers say a Greenville Animal Control vehicle was stopped in the center turn lane on Belvoir Rd., with its emergency flashers blinking. Pittman was driving in the center turn lane and rear ended the city vehicle around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Highway Patrol.

Animal Control Supervisor Tim Langley was driving the city vehicle. He was evaluated and released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital last night.

Troopers say Pittman was not wearing any protective gear, including a helmet. His bike was also not street legal, they say, and had no lights on it.

Pittman was traveling about 50 mph when he crashed, which is about the maximum speed his type of dirt bike would be able to go. There is no posted speed limit on that stretch of Belvoir Rd., troopers say, but Pittman's speed would have been within the legal limit.

Troopers say another dirt bike rider was there when Pittman crashed but left the scene. That rider was in the proper lane, and there are no pending charges against him. However, troopers are following up on leads to who he is so they can learn more about what led to the fatal crash.


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