Wilmington woman ‘not surprised’ by fatal dirt bike accident

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Submitted: Thu, 05/03/2012 - 3:39am
Updated: Thu, 05/03/2012 - 6:25pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A fatal dirt bike accident near downtown Wilmington has one woman saying she’s not so surprised. The accident happened at the intersection of 5th and Dawson Streets Wednesday afternoon.

The dirt bike Wayne Stansbury was driving is not street legal in Wilmington. Beatriz Moreno, who lives close by, says she knew an accident was bound to happen. She says she’s heard the dirt bikes driving recklessly around her neighborhood for a while.

“I kept expecting to hear a crash any moment,” Beatriz says. “They were going extremely fast, I saw they weren’t wearing helmets, they just paid no attention to the rules as far as right side of the road, stop signs.”

Wilmington Police say Sansbury, whose driver’s license had been suspended, was driving the wrong way down Dawson Street when he crashed head on into a car. Police say Sansbury caused the accident. Although he was wearing a helmet, it was not properly fastened around his head.

“The collision was such that the operator of the motorcycle, his helmet ended up in a tree,” said WPD spokesman Kevin Smith.

Police say EMS arrived soon after and began CPR but Sansbury died at the scene.

Moreno says she hopes others will learn from this tragic accident.

“I am sad that people have to die in such useless ways, meaningless ways, but I expected it,” she said. “I expected to hear a crash at any moment and if you do stupid things, things will happen.”

The driver that hit Sansbury was 72-year-old Horace Hankins, who lives in Wilmington. He was not injured. Police say right now Hankins does not appear to be at fault. They investigation is still ongoing.


  • kshuford says:

    Listen to you making statements about his criminal record. Is this what you do every time a black man dies. There was an accident,no person is perfect. If this was your child his criminal record would have nothing to do with the fact that you will never see him smile again. Have some respect for the family of this man. People make mistakes everyday.

  • Guest61246 says:

    How could the driver of the car even remotely be considered at fault? Why would charges even be considered?The bike was going the wrong way on a one way street.

  • Guest123 says:

    No matter the young man was being childish and had a criminal record, I would imagine he still has a family who are heart broken. we can be glad he did not kill other people while driving recklessly.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

    If he could speak he would tell you he was only driving ONE way on that one way street!!

  • nccentral grad says:

    Who said he was black and why does that even matter. I would like to think Sharpton and Jesse wouldn’t have to get involved in the case of stupidity.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I feel bad for this family and my heart and prayers are with them. I turned the tv on this morning just before 9:00 and that new girl they have on TV3 in the mornings was just way too chipper in reporting this story.

  • eliot ness says:

    Who did he steal the bike from?

  • skin tags says:

    I agree that there was illegal activity carried by boys like driving fast,not wearing helmets,but that lady would have stopped them instead of waiting for a crash sound.

  • Reader says:

    I think she should have kept these comments to herself “. “I expected to hear a crash at any moment and if you do stupid things, things will happen.”!!! We see he was wrong and also gone Smh

  • anne says:

    So sad this happened, but sometimes people make bad choices and the results can be devastating. Perhaps she shouldn’t have made those comments, but I, too, have lived in a neighborhood with cyclists that show total disregard for others, and actions that are dangerous.They put othes at risk also. He could have hit a child or someone else and injured or killed them. He was breaking the law in so many ways. This man paid with his stupidity with his life, and his family is grieving, but what about the person who hit him. Through no fault of their own, and even if it is an accident, they still will live with the fact that they killed someone.

  • Michstein says:

    I pulled Wayne’s wrap sheet (google “NC Offender”) and it seems like his been quite mischievous in his short young life: he’s a convicted FELON who had a penchant for dealing drugs, theft, and reckless driving. Another great success story from our public schools no doubt.

  • Misplaced says:

    I take issue exception with your blame of the public schools. It is a parental issue, or lack thereof. Schools are a convenient target. This started with DNA and braincells. Schools can’t always mold and shape the clay they are given. Some of that stuff is too full of muck.

  • Guest2769 says:

    Same story at Lena Springs Estates in Navassa. The warm weather will bring our illegal street riders as well. Zipping through residential streets at high rates of speed and drag racing down dead end streets. I have no doubt an accident will happen here, however it is more likely a child playing or someone walking their dog will get the worse of a collision. To their credit the Navassa PD patrols the developlment quit regularly, but is hard to catch them. The police station is only one street away and they must hear the high pitch whine of the engines. But not too hard to figure out the culprits with multiple bikes at one residence but you got to catch them doing it.

  • Guesttenheimer says:

    …he was wearing it sideways too.

  • Guest Apu says:

    I don’t care who ya are, that there’s funny!

  • Guest007 says:

    I am shocked every day to see the surprisingly high number of people unaware of how to drive a motorbike or a bike. Daily I see them riding wrong side of the street, listening to their iPods, not giving signs when turning, etc. And I am not even mentioning the stupid people crossing busy streets in between cars.

    Their stupidity leads them to death, which is very sad. But I feel even more sad for the people that struck them, they are the real victims.

    People, learn how to drive bikes! How to cross streets, what is safe and what is not!

  • Guesthug says:

    Here is an example of Darwinism at work. RIP, Mr. Sansbury.

  • Responsible driver/taxpayer says:

    I see these individuals driving these things on the streets all the time and I have to say that Mrs. Moreno was correct; “if you do stupid things, things will happen.” Yep, give this idiot the Darwin award for doing mankind a favor and relieving us all of his existence. Hopefully he has no children that will suffer from the loss of a father and to keep his genes out of the pool. They are called dirt bikes for a reason…

  • GoFigure says:


    Rest in Peace young buck

  • confused1 says:

    That was pretty good!

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