Fog May Have Been Factor In Deadly Motorcycle Crash

The Highway Patrol says a pickup truck driver will be charged after a collision killed a motorcyclist this morning in Craven County.

State troopers say the crash happened around 6:15 a.m. on Lake Road, south of Havelock.

They say Steven Palmer of Jacksonville was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a pickup that pulled out to pass another vehicle.

Troopers say they will charge 26-year-old Scott Newman of Havelock with misdemeanor death by vehicle. They say there were foggy conditions that may have played a part in the fatal accident.

Troopers say they believe the 54-year-old Palmer was headed to work in Havelock when the accident happened.


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  • by PeteRu Location: Florida on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    would like to know further details on this investigation.why was the driver of pickup passing if he could not safely do so ? FOG ?
  • by Easy E Location: NC on Aug 3, 2011 at 09:31 PM
    I'm in Law Enforcement and have rode with Mr. Palmer several time during bike events. He is/was an exceptionaly safe rider. With that being said I would like further reasoning that why in foggy conditions is a truck passing another vehicle? I know the public is missing data such as... Was the car stalled on the side of the road the reason for the truck passing or was it due to the truck driver being in hast? Was there a double yellow line? What was the estimated speed of the truck? What does the individual who was driving the passed car have to say about the event? What was his estimated speed if he was moving? I'm not accusing nor implying intentions, but would like to know further details on this investigation. Knowing any of this will not bring Mr. Palmer back but it can realay on what could or should have been going on that could have prevented this as well as prevent this to future individuals who get killed and are involved in the actions that takes a life.
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