Man Dies On Test Drive

Authorities say a 33-year-old North Carolina man died while taking a motorcycle on a test-drive.

Multiple media outlets report that Joseph Cross of Supply died Friday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle turned in front of him. He was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

Brunswick County Deputy Coroner David Crocker says Cross was driving the motorcycle to consider buying it.

State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks says 51-year-old Dorothea Hewett of Supply failed to yield the right of way while turning left into her driveway.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Chocowinity on Nov 2, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    I agree, jail time would be good. There are totally too many people being killed or severly injured on bikes by no fault of their own. Drivers of cars, trucks, & SUV'S as a general rule show no respect for people on motorcycles. I do not ride, but have friends that do and I frquently hear horror stories from them about the lack of respect for anyone on a motorcycle. We need stiffer laws and they need to be enforced.
  • by SAT Location: Pinetown on Nov 2, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    Prayers for the Cross family and jail time for another who fails to respect motorcycles, yes some jail time with man slaughter charges should help people in Eastern N C understand motorcycles have the same right as cars on the road.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    Check mirrors, and blind spots before turning, or getting into another lane. Not everyone watches out for you, sometimes you must watch out for your self.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 1, 2009 at 08:43 PM
    Sorry Bob, every car driver should not ride a motorcycle for a couple of days. I am not stupid enough to ride a vehicle that offers absolutly no protection in an environment where 2,000 lb plus vehicles move at 70 mph or more. You'd have to be a moron to think that there will never be a collision. There are unavoidable accidents, although I do admit, the vast majority could be avoided with more attention to detail and better driving habits. There are going to be collisions. If you are silly enough to put your unprotected body in a mass of tons of moving vehicles that can crush you, accept the risk and close the hole. Best thing for you to do is buy a dirt bike, satisfy your wind-in-the-hair crap, thrill seeking, vibration between the legs thrills on a dirt track somewhere and be smart enough to wrap yourself in 2,000 lbs of metal and other durable materials while in a sea of other similar objects. Walking in front of a bus is dangerous, so don't walk in front of them.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 1, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    To the family of Joseph Cross... My condolences for your lost.
  • by sd Location: wv on Nov 1, 2009 at 09:26 AM
    I agree that automobile drivers need to be more aware of motorcycles, but I really think motorcycle drivers should be aware that when they make a sudden move sometimes car drivers don't have time to react. If you are behind me and then decide to "gun it" to get in the lane beside me, I might pull out in front of you without realizing what you're doing. Obviously in this case, it was the car driver's fault. I feel for both victims and their families. God bless.
  • by avid rider Location: washington on Nov 1, 2009 at 04:08 AM
    I agree with Bob. If everyone would ride a motorcycle for a couple of days they would see just how BAD people drive.So everybody needs to get off there cellphones, put the books down, pull over if you need to attend to your children and watch out for those riders!!
  • by ecustudent Location: g-vegas on Oct 31, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    Another bad story coming out of Brunswick county. I am original from the B.C., there pretty much nothing there to do, besides ride around from place to place. My deepest condolsences for both family, such a bad situation for both families to be in. May you find comfort in God.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Oct 31, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    This is the most common reason for motorcycle accidents. Drivers of vehicles turning in front of motorcycles. Every car driver should ride a motorcycle for a couple of days, it would make you a better car driver. Your awareness of motorcycle would go up dramatically.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Oct 31, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    My deepest sympathy to all involved. Such a tragic accident. My heart goes out to the families !
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