Family mourns after man hit and killed riding skateboard
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Monday night Mike Manzari, 21, left his house in Castle Hayne for the last time.

"Last thing I saw was a smile on his face," Manzari's brother Nicholas McLaughlin said. "He must have wanted something from the store, and like he does so many times, he got his skateboard and rode up to the store."

State troopers say it was around 7 p.m. when a man driving northbound hit Manzari in the 4500 block of North College Road near the Midway Kwik Stop. Manzari died at the scene.

A witness who saw the accident in his rear view mirror while driving south says he saw Manzari in the middle of the road riding his skateboard before he was hit. Family members say that just would not happen.

"He crosses (the street) with a skateboard in his hand," McLaughlin said. "There is no way he was riding down the highway on his skateboard in the middle of the highway."

The driver who hit him told state troopers he did not see Manzari and did not have time to hit his brakes. Troopers estimate the driver was going about 40 miles an hour when he hit Manzari.

Those who live in the area say it's not surprising this happened.

"This is one of the most dangerous stretches of road in all of New Hanover County," said James Watkins, who lives across the street from where Manzari was hit and killed. He says this occurs far too often.

"Within in a mile there is four crosses in road, and two other people that I know of that were killed that don't have crosses," McLaughlin said. "Something needs to be done about this stretch of road."

Family members of Manzari just want him to be remembered for the great man he was.

"He was the happiest person that I knew and he was the best brother in the world," McLaughlin said.

State troopers say there are no charges against the driver who hit Manzari.

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Someone just died my god be respectful!!! all these comments should be saved for a forum about this kinda thing, crossing the street at night, NOT left on someones death story where there are supposed to be prayers and good thoughts sent his way and to his family and friends.

My prayers are with him.. i hope he can find peace. as well as his friends and family.

I understand your shock, and I sympathize with this young man and his family...but this is a public forum, where anyone can make comments on any subject. It's not a death notice like the websites the mortuaries use where you can send your sympathies and prayers to the family. There will always be some people who are insensitive to the fact that family members may also read their posts.

This is a comment page. The kind of posts you want are on the website for the funeral home.

Regardless of who was at fault, a young man is dead. My prayers are with his family.

Sorry this guy was killed but it was dark and no one should be riding a skateboard in the dark on a busy road. What exactly can the state do to make this road safer? Is the road causing wrecks and deaths.... ? No.

You are kidding right? You ask, "What can the state do to make the roads safer?" Do you mean, safer for people that refuse to make themselves even "somewhat visible" in 55 mph traffic while on skateboards and bicycles at night, in the dark? OK, here we go...Let's have the state mandate the use of and supply flashing beacons to the night riders as part of a new entitlement program and make new criminal laws to enforce their use. How about a national requirement for every motorized vehicle to have an active heads-up night vision display that is IR capable? No...here we go, let's have the state install pop-up car barriers that pop up to stop cars just after a skateboard passes over it. I can think of an endless list of things the "state" can do. Then, we can approach the problem of what the state can do to Walmart parking lots so that the elderly won't trip over the parking barriers. Then another state program to prevent armed robberies at convenience stores.

Geeez, at your age you should know that you just can't engineer against sheer stupidity and neglect of common sense. There are just some things that human beings have to acccept responsibility for in this world. Always will be. That's why we have the Darwin files.

Guest461 try reading comprehension. It was a rhetorical question. duh

...that if they want to venture out on a 55 mph highway on a skateboard, bicycle or scooter, that they mark themselves with bright clothing and a flashing strobe. NOBODY can avoid you if they cannot SEE you. Many tragic accidents like this can easily be avoided by the use of prudent judgement. It is a very simple, unbalanced equation: Skateboarder, bicyclist @ 200 lbs moving 5-12mph vs. Automobile @ 4000-7000 lbs with a velocity of 40-70mph. Automobile ALWAYS wins. Protect yourself with a little common sense!

My prayers are out there for the victim, his relatives and the driver involved as their lives are changed forever.

I dont apreiate the fact that you said letis be a lesson to those night riders, my best friend lost his life just as he was begining to live, I do not appreciate your coment, its hard enough to know that no one was charged but you say this shit on here, how would you feel if it was your 21 year old son or a friend of yours, i would greatly appreciate it that you remove your comment, you do not understand where we are coming from, and the driver IS NOT THE VICTIM, Mike and his family and friends were the victims. So Im gonna say it one more time get a life and keep your comments to yourself, Mike was a great person, he would never have been riding his skateboard in the middle of the road, Looser stop commenting with your rude comments!

I live right across the street from the Midway Kwik Stop, and the crosses that were mentioned are in front of my house. I was home last night and actually heard something but wasn't sure what it was. Then i heard the ambulance's and cop's and knew something was going on. So i go outside to find that the road was blocked off and cops everywhere. It was a very tragic situation and all of my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mike Manzari.

Cross#1: at the fishing creek where the young girl went off the road into the creek
Cross#2: young male killed in front of the store
Cross#3: at the corner of Parmele and North College
Cross#4: the teacher from Pender

At one time the state wanted to do away with the memorials on the side of the road. I find them a lesson each day we drive these highways. A lesson to know we all need to be careful, pedestrian and driver alike.