Man Charged in Crash that Killed Cyclist

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A Mocksville man has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in connection with the death of a disabled cyclist who was struck in Davie County on July 31.
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2sides

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This is unfair to the truck driver. He comes around a curve and there is Arnott doing 6mph. Something should be done about the law that gives Arnott the right to be on a road that has 55mph traffic and Arnott can just sit still in the middle of the road if he likes.
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2sides wrote:
This is unfair to the truck driver. He comes around a curve and there is Arnott doing 6mph. Something should be done about the law that gives Arnott the right to be on a road that has 55mph traffic and Arnott can just sit still in the middle of the road if he likes.
i agree. if you've read my past posts on cyclists & mopeds you know i defend cyclists rights & think that drivers that aren't paying attention & hit cyclists should be charged. i have gotten in to heated arguments about how bicycles are legal on the road & really get on to people that say that they hate cyclists & they are the cause of accidents. people around here have a very negative attitude towards bikes. i posted earlier on this subject stating that it was interesting that this man pedalled across the whole country & then from n.y. to here in n.c. where he was killed in an area that seems to disdain cyclists & not pay attention to the road while driving. it would be interesting to know the statistics per capita of bicycle fatalities state by state. in this case, however, i don't think the driver should be charged, as the cyclist was extremely difficult to see, as stated by other witnesses. i know this sounds hipocritical, but i don't think recumbent bikes should be allowed on the road, especially a hwy. they are way too low to the ground, take up too much lane space & are too slow. this driver needs to get a lawyer that will solicit sworn affidavites from all the witnesses that said they almost hit the bike.
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WOW, they are going to ruin a 30yr olds life, so unfair. He is already going to live the rest of his life knowing this happened, that should be good enough. I feel sorry for both families they both loose, and nothing positive comes from this. Riders pls be safe and drivers be safe as well.
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Mocksville, NC

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I agree with all three of the first posters on this thread.

In addition HWY 601 is a terrible bike route for a physically fit bike rider to be on. It has lots of steep hills and many blind curves. I wonder if Arnott really knew what he was doing there on 601?

At least Arnott died doing what he loved, even if it was not smart to do so. And from the accident report, he died quickly without having to suffer.

I feel sorry for both individuals involved but especially Keaton who will have to suffer the most from this incident.

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Thomasville, NC

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I agree with the above comments. This accident could possibly have happend to almost anyone including myself, had I had the missfortune to happen upon a similar situation. I don`t see how anyone including the officers involved could say with certanity that if this had happened to them there would not have been a accident. This is a trajedy no dought, for everone involved and I believe (of course we don`t know all the facts ) the driver should be treated as merciful as possible if he was not violating any laws, intoxicated or otherwise contributed to the accident other than having the bad luck to be there at the time and place.
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I agree with those who say cyclists can be a hazard while driving many of the road around here. I do not know which I dread more while driving roads with a lot of blind curves, cyclists or mopeds! I rode my bike everywhere growing up but I had the sense and courtesy to ride OFF of the road when there was traffic. I have come across cyclists who ride 2 or 3 along side of each other and expect the driver to get around them, no easy feat on roads that have high speeds and totally blind curves to them. I think there are just some roads where cyclists should be banned, God forbid another tragic accident happens, it seems no matter what, the car driver will be the one who is blamed!
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Aug 6, 2010
 
Court apponited attorney,DISMISSED::::::::::
hackettsmc

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I saw the cyclist earlier that day and almost hit him myself... he had no bright caution sign on the back of his cycle and was riding along the edge of the road crossing the white line. I'm so sorry to hear he was hit, but I honestly just can see charging the truck driver. With a husband who drives a truck, those machines can't be maneuvered easily on a dime. Coming around a curve, there just isn't justification when you think about reaction time versus the time to jerk a 90,000 lb truck.
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I passed this cyclist July 31, on Ney Hwy 64. He almost got hit by me, and the cars behind me, almost hit him. I had a bad feeling about this all day, and sure enough I just read where he was hit and killed. When I approahed him from behind, you could not even tell it was a cycle, it almost looked like a box or something on the road. I told the passengers he my car, that man is going to get hit. I feel for the man who got it, but also for the man that hit him. I know for a fact it could easily have been me or someone else. I almost called the Highway Patrol, because I thought this man might be drunk. He was just barely moving.....passing him still haunts me.
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no good poor guy was a long way from home
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observer wrote:
<quoted text>i agree. if you've read my past posts on cyclists & mopeds you know i defend cyclists rights & think that drivers that aren't paying attention & hit cyclists should be charged. i have gotten in to heated arguments about how bicycles are legal on the road & really get on to people that say that they hate cyclists & they are the cause of accidents. people around here have a very negative attitude towards bikes. i posted earlier on this subject stating that it was interesting that this man pedalled across the whole country & then from n.y. to here in n.c. where he was killed in an area that seems to disdain cyclists & not pay attention to the road while driving. it would be interesting to know the statistics per capita of bicycle fatalities state by state. in this case, however, i don't think the driver should be charged, as the cyclist was extremely difficult to see, as stated by other witnesses. i know this sounds hipocritical, but i don't think recumbent bikes should be allowed on the road, especially a hwy. they are way too low to the ground, take up too much lane space & are too slow. this driver needs to get a lawyer that will solicit sworn affidavites from all the witnesses that said they almost hit the bike.
There was even one driver who almost hit this man just five minutes prior to the accident, who gave her account of the situation on the newscast. I spoke with a relative of the man who hit Mr. Arnott in a store yesterday, and this has been a terrible situation for him to deal with, without the burden of facing criminal charges for it as well. I do hope that there is a lawyer who can come to his defense, and help him out. It is a sad loss of Mr. Arnott, but accidents do happen. There are many accidents that happen because the victim is not visible, or there is something about what they were doing that made them more succeptable to being in an accident, as in this case. It's just a sad case all the way around.
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The law requires all drivers to drive at a speed in which you can come to a stop in the space you can see. The driver of the truck failed to do so and as such has been charged under the law. Now whether or not he's found guilty will depend on if the jury can follow instructions and use the guidelines of the laws, or decide that they make their own laws.
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Opus the Poet wrote:
The law requires all drivers to drive at a speed in which you can come to a stop in the space you can see. The driver of the truck failed to do so and as such has been charged under the law. Now whether or not he's found guilty will depend on if the jury can follow instructions and use the guidelines of the laws, or decide that they make their own laws.
Sometimes, the law is impractical. Where is the responsibility of the bike rider?
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The Highway Patrol as well as other law enforcement agencies in the county were made aware of this man on the bike and what a traffic hazard he was causing during his ride through Davie County. I understand people want to ride bikes and we should share the road but when the bikes are causing a traffic hazard or impeding the flow of traffic something needs to be done. I do not believe the man should be charged with anything. It was an accident; the man driving the truck wasn't driving carelessly it was an ACCIDENT. There have been many instances where a trooper has wrecked and killed somebody but yet there still out on patrol. Trooper Matt Howell has been in several accidents because of careless driving but hasn't been charged yet with anything. A Davie county sheriffs deputy killed one person and injured a few others on Easter Sunday a few years ago when she was driving at a high speed after she had been told to reduce her speed by a supervisor and she wasn't charged, she was promoted to detective. I guess if you wear a badge you can do what you want to do. I know that was off subject but it makes me mad that they would charge this man for an accident.
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I hope all you people that seen and almost hit this fool will appear in court and testify to the danger he was posing on behalf of the person who did hit him.Instead of jus runnin mouth on here
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Yes all you people that almost hit the cyclist come testify under oath that you also were driving too fast for conditions and nearly hit the legal cyclist...
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two fools , don't make a right...
no markers and moving too slow
too fast and unaware !

that makes a crash...

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