Triad cyclists express road safety concerns after crash involving High Point man

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The law states that cyclists have a right to ride on the road. But some Triad riders will tell you they’ve come across drivers who don’t respect that.

“I've had close calls. I've been hit by mirrors. I've had angry motorists yell at me. I've had things thrown at me,” said cyclist Gil Hutcheson.

“They [drivers] do things around a bicycle they'd never do around a car,” said Ricky Hughes, a cyclist.

“I was once out on a country road, and a tractor trailer truck pulled up beside me, and then moved to the right to force me off the side of the road,” said cyclist Aaron Daniel.

Their stories have been echoed by cyclists in the Triad and all over our state. Recently, Joel Lawrence, a 57-year-old High Point man was one of four cyclists hit in Johnston County.

Lawrence is going to be okay, but some of the other riders in that group are still recovering from their critical and serious injuries.

The driver faces a reckless driving charge, improper passing in a curve and four counts of improper passing causing serious bodily injury.

“It's just over and over again. Same thing. They don't get charged, or they're minimal charges it's aggravating,” said Mike Whitson, a cyclist.

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