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A motorcyclist slammed into a taxi at a high rate of speed on Sat night about 12:40 A.M., killing himself and the taxi driver. The taxi driver is the owner of the KAT'S the cab company, and ironcally the motorcyclist is a cab driver and used to work for him. This accident happened on Eastwood rd, one of the main drags headed towards Wrightsville Beach here in town.


This is kind of an odd one and I just thought I would share.

Once again, you guys be careful out there.
 

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Sorry, by them I mean cagers.
 

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sounds like possibly both of them. This intersection has a light that goes to a blinking cycle after like 12:00 or something like that. The cab was turning left through a blinking red light so he technically did not yeild the right of way, but he may have misjudged because the motorcycle was said to be traveling at a high rate of speed. motorcyclist body was propelled into the car.
 

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Any speed estimates? It seems like either the speed difference would have to be enormous or some other circumstance would have to be just perfectly wrong for something like this to happen. Also, what kind of bike? I guess an 800lb Harley makes this much more likely than a 400lb sportbike.
 

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no- this light is blinking red on the side road where the cab was turning left from, and blinking yellow on the main road where the bike was hauling ass. this road is 55mph through this intersection. The bike had the right of way he was just going really fast.
 

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there are no estimates of speed in the newspaper article i read. Either the cabby did'nt see him at all or he misjudged. There is no info on who's fault it was said to be, seams like the cabby moreso to me. They are both dead though.
 

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No info as to what kind of bike either. Just "a borrowed bike, on a suspended liscense".
 

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there are no estimates of speed in the newspaper article i read. Either the cabby did'nt see him at all or he misjudged. There is no info on who's fault it was said to be, seams like the cabby moreso to me. They are both dead though.
It is very difficult to judge the speed of an approaching object and if you see a bike far off in the distance and judge it to be going the speed limit (which is reasonable to assume) and he's really going twice the speed limit you've just cut in half the amount of time it would take you to safely negotiate the intersection.

Honestly, I'd lay most of the blame on the motorcyclist if he is found to have been traveling well over the speed limit.

When I was in high school there was a guy I knew who had a hopped up '67 Camaro, he was drag racing another guy down a major street when a delivery van pulled out in front of him. He was doing over 100mph and the driver of the van said he never saw the cars when he pulled out...probably because they were so far down the road. The two guys racing were judged to be at fault.
 

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I was just talking to a HD riding customer of mine who saw the tv news broadcast about the accident on Sun night. Supposedly the the bike hit with such impact, that it flipped the cab on its side and both vehicles burst into flames.
 

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gosh that's too bad. too bad it happened that way from what you've said. bad situation with a blinking light and traveling at a high rate of speed.
 

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No info as to what kind of bike either. Just "a borrowed bike, on a suspended liscense".
Very unfortunate situation. My brother sent me a picture of a display they take to shows that has a sport bike that went through the passenger side door of a car and both rider and driver were killed (may have been a passenger too, not sure). You have to look somewhat close to see the back end of the motorcycle. I would imagine a lot of you have seen it. The rider ends up being like a torpedo.

Wonder if the lender of the bike is liable at all for loaning it to someone with a suspended license?
 

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Today's paper has more details. The lincoln town car did flip over, the motorcyclist ended up inside the car, and he was traveling over 120mph. He was riding a kawasaki of some kind.
 
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