Bicyclist hit, injured during competition in Raleigh

Troopers confirm a cyclist was injured in an accident involving a vehicle during Sunday's Ironman race. (Photo courtesy: Jay Gacengeci)

Troopers confirm a cyclist was injured in an accident involving a vehicle during Sunday's Ironman race. (Photo courtesy: Jay Gacengeci)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Troopers confirmed a cyclist was injured in an accident involving a vehicle during Sunday’s Ironman race in Raleigh.

Authorities told WTVD-TV it happened just after 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of New Hill Holleman Road and Shearon Harris Road.

Troopers said a car passed bikers in a double-yellow no passing zone, while traveling at 50 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Deputies on the road told the driver — Shelia Morrison — to slow down, but she hit the brakes and cut in front of the bikers before stopping, according to WTVD.

At that point, officials said the lead bicyclist, Jon Segerstrom, struck her passenger side door.

Segerstrom was taken to WakeMed with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Morrison has been charged with careless and reckless driving and failure to obey traffic officer.

8 comments

  • Hobbes

    Were the cyclists traveling at 45 mph?

    I’m not excusing reckless driving, but when cyclists scream at me (or at my children in one particular case) that it’s their road too, then why do they get to endanger people by violating traffic laws? If I drive 15 mph, I get a ticket.

    • laffinatcha

      With your attitude, you should get a ticket. Are you cutting your arrival timeline so close you xan’t slowdown for 30 seconds to allow a rider some modicum safety?

      • Hobbes

        Thanks for addressing the centrality of my argument. /sarcasm

        If I’m caught driving 15 I don’t get to argue to the cop, “hey, is it so hard to slow down for 30 seconds?” No. I’m ticketed as a hazard. If you demand to be on the road, then I demand you obey traffic laws.

    • Ced

      You realize he was hit during a the cycling portion of a race, right? It is our road too and we should be obeying traffic laws on bikes. The problem is drivers think it’s ok to pass within inches of cyclists, and cut them off, make turns in front of them, etc. Drivers act as if nothing should be on the road unless it has 4 wheels an a motor. Here’s the thing, if I hit your car with my bike there is a 100% chance I’m not going to kill you. Can you say the same if you hit me with your car. I see it all the time. Cars nearly hit me while I’m trying to be as courteous as possible, yet in all your haste, we get to the stoplight or stops sign at the same time. You tailgate me, hey, I’m going as fast as I can. You intentionally run me off the road because “hey,it’s just a bike.” My favorite is when you go into on-coming traffic nearly causing a head-on accident with another car just to pass me and get to that stoplight 4 seconds sooner. Dude, give us a break already

  • speed

    When the metal meets the flesh, it is the flesh that yields every time. When will these idiots realize that riding bikes on highways is as smart as smoking. Get the cars or bikes of the highway. No room for both.

    • MyRoadNotYours

      I agree with Speed. Also why are people allowed to walk across roads? That’s just stupid, do they really think little white stripes painted on the road gives them some kind of magical protection? If I accidentally mow one down, it would make me feel bad, but they knew the risks so it’s not really my fault. And what’s the deal with school buses? They keep stopping in traffic. Just because kids have to go to school is no excuse for me to be forced to care. Roads are for cars, mostly my car.

      • tankmouth

        Speed is spot on. And whats with all these farmers thinking that they can drive their tractors at 5mph on the same roads that I depend on to run my kids to tennis lessons and soccer practice? I pay good money for these lessons to show up late, there should be a law that states they must stay off the road during 7-10AM, 12-2pm and 5-7pm which is when all my important appointments take place.

  • John Smith

    Yea, cyclists should not be on the roads particularly here in the south where we all believe we have the God given right to get sloppy fat by age 30 and demand cheap health insurance. Oh yea, and I forgot to mention we also do not believe in exercise and that’s why 75% of adults in NC are labeled fat to obese.

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