Wilmington woman ‘not surprised’ by fatal dirt bike accident


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.

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“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.