Husband, wife killed after truck collides with motorcycle

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Flowers at the scene of a fatal crash in Alamance County that resulted in two people being killed. (Brian Rainey/WGHP-TV)

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Highway patrol officials said a man and his wife riding a motorcycle were killed in a crash involving a pickup truck.

Authorities said 41-year-old Michael Ryan Turner and 40-year-old Shanon Moser Turner, both of Alamance County, were pronounced dead after the wreck.

Officials said it happened around 7:37 p.m. Friday on N.C. 87 between Gerringer Mill Road and Old N.C. 87.

The pickup truck hit the motorcycle from behind, officials said. The truck’s driver said he did not see the motorcycle until its turn signal was turned on.

Authorities said the driver of the truck, Michael Ahlgren, 50, of Elon, was not hurt. Ahlgren was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Arrangements are incomplete at Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington.

The incident caused N.C. 87 between Gerringer Mill and Old N.C. 87 to close for around three hours.


  • David Hedgecock

    Certainly, there will be charges filed with these facts and 2 dead. Yes, it was nearly dark;;cloudy;;but the truck headlights should have been sufficient light to have seen the m/c in time to avoid rearending same. This is Res Ipsa Loquitor;;the thing speaks for itself. There is negligence on the truck driver. He is under common law duty to have seen what could have been seen had he been traveling at a safe speed. True, there may be some mitigating factors;;such as lighting , weather, and weak turn signal;;but the proximate cause is improper
    lookout and unsafe speed for the conditions. The truck driver will be fortunate to not be charged with 2 counts of felony death by vehicle.

  • Debbie Kallam

    I will keep this Family and their love ones in my prayers. My husband has a motorcycle also. About 6yrs ago he was hit by a car in a curve. The person who hit him tried to drive off, but his vehicle quit on him. People Please, pay attention Look for Motorcycles, mopeds, etc.

  • tomloller

    Bikes, Please keep an eye out in your rear view mirrors. We love to ride, but we need to ride safe. The first thing I learned about riding a bike was, you are invisible to everything but radar. There are only two kinds of riders, those that have been down and those that are going down.

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