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Woman charged in hit and run that injured cyclist

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington woman has been charged after a car crash last night seriously injured a bicyclist.

Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Rawley says it happened around 6:15 p.m. in the 6600 block of Market Street. She says Janet Farrior, 62, drover her car off the right side of the road and hit a bike. The rider, Martin Hansley, 28, was taken to the hospital with what police say were life-threatening injuries.

Farrior is charged with hit and run and failure to maintain lane control.

Hansley was listed in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Thursday morning.

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Market Street

I cannot imagine any instance where riding a bike or moped on Market Street is something a person of normal intelligence would do especially after 5p.m. during the fall and winter. Even in the summer at the same time of day if is virtually impossible to see anything except the tail lights immedicately infront of you of the sun. I have know people since 1966 when I first started driving who would not drive on Market Street because it is so narrow, not to mention the ever increasing traffic load. That said, I hope Mr. Hansley is going to be able to recover from his injuries. But I feel most sympathetic to Ms. Farrior, she will live with vision of this for the rest of her life, and from my own experience, although I have never hit anyone or anything, it could easily happen without knowing that you hit anyone or anything. Brings to mind a local realtor who was killed on 74/76 or 17 coming into Wilmington who was hit in the early morning hours by motorest who thought they saw an animal or debri in the road..as I recall it was reported by a driver for the News and Observer who thought he had hit a deer. Just saying, it isn't always the way it looks.

Stay off the Roads

The bicyclist love to ride Eastwood Road on the road instead of the sidewalks. Then they like to have marathons where they ride the roads holding up traffic and hurting businesses. You ride your bike on the road and get clobbered, too bad, stay your butt off the roads. You want to ride the roads, buy a stationary bike with a program to view where you go.

Change Your Thinking

http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/lawspolicies/laws/ These laws say cyclists have the right to be on the road. It is actually much safer to ride on the road. You need to change your attitude.

DANGER!

Anyone riding a bicycle (ESPECIALLY), motorcycle, moped, skateboard, roller blades, roller skates, should NOT ride the vehicle roads of this area. It's the nature of the national driver, but the traffic pattern here accelerates the danger.

What?

"the nature of the national driver, but the traffic pattern here accelerates the danger."

What the heck is that supposed to mean?

Yea, cars hurt, don't they?

Yet another example of what happens when car vs. bike.

If the bike was his only mode of transportation, my condolences. If the rider was some spandex wearing narcissistic moron trying to prove that the "roads are for cyclists too", then he got what was coming to him.

There are hundreds of laws in NC that still exist that are ridiculous, the one that states someone on a bicycle has the right to the same pavement that a 2000 lb vehicle traveling 55 mph (or 45, 35 etc) is one of the aforementioned.

Again, if its your only mode of transpo, you should get a vest or something to wear so that people see you from miles away and know you're out traveling to work. If you're out joyriding in the path of those trying to get to and fro work, you shouldn't be allowed.

Can I pogo stick down Market Street? Unicycle? Skateboard? Ride a horse? Probably not, and I shouldn't be allowed to do so.

What say you, spandex wearing, mid life crisis having sterile idgets?

u do not talk about my

u do not talk about my cousin like that he is no moron he didnt do anything wrong he was on the grass

You missed the article?

Your opinions on cyclists are noted. That's why we have fought for better cycling infrastructure for over 30 years. However, if you read the article you will see that you missed the point. The driver "drove off the right side of the road." The fact that it was a bicycle that was hit is immaterial. It could have just as easily been someone stopped with a flat tire, or someone with a baby carriage waiting to cross the road, or whatever. Drivers are supposed to stay in their lanes and drive for conditions (in this case dark). My pet peeve is drivers who don't stop at the stop bar and are, therefore, in the intersection. And drivers who don't stop for red lights when turning right (or anytime). Or drivers who do both. But now I digress. The driver was also charged with hit-and-run. So, spandex or no, the police finally seem to have gotten one right, but only time will tell. In the mean time, please keep it between the white lines.

Regardless of the reason the

Regardless of the reason the man was on a bike, the woman should have obeyed the traffic laws, maintained her lane and avoided the bicycle. I get as irritated as anyone with cyclists and moped drivers, but they have the same right to the road as the rest of us and we all have a duty to obey traffic laws and watch out for whoever is on the road.

Way to stay classy WWAY!

This is your target demographic?

Outstanding post.

Outstanding post.