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Motorcycle crash kills man, woman
Highway Patrol: Biker ran stop sign, hit oncoming car

ELM CITY — A man and woman died Saturday night when their motorcycle sped past a stop sign and smashed into an oncoming car, state troopers said.

Robert Wayne Underwood Jr., 36, of 5208 Bluebird Lane east of Wilson, and Danyell Renee Sanders, 31, of Lot 17, North Hathaway Boulevard, Sharpsburg, were thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Trooper R.E. Summerlin said Underwood and Sanders were riding west on Bottoms Dairy Road outside Elm City when their 2009 Suzuki motorcycle hit a 1993 Toyota Corolla at the intersection of East Langley Road around 8:25 p.m. Saturday.

"It appears at this time that he ran the stop sign and collided with the front end of the passenger vehicle,” Summerlin said. "There were no skid marks before — only after — the impact. That tells us he did not even stop.”

Underwood was driving the motorcycle and Sanders was his passenger, said Summerlin, who described the riders as boyfriend and girlfriend.

The Toyota’s driver, 40-year-old Derick Tere Hinton of Tarboro, was not injured in the crash, Summerlin said. Paramedics examined him at the scene.

Hinton was driving at or near the posted speed limit of 55 mph when the motorcycle struck his car traveling between 60 and 70 mph, according to Highway Patrol estimates. Summerlin said the crash is still under investigation.

Underwood and Sanders were pronounced dead at the crash scene. Summerlin said they were both wearing motorcycle helmets.

Troopers found nothing to indicate that Underwood was impaired, Summerlin said. He said toxicology tests will be performed, which is customary in traffic fatalities.

State troopers urge bikers to drive cautiously and heed traffic signs and signals.

"Motorcycles are dangerous anywhere, especially at night,” Summerlin said. "It is just imperative to pay attention and obey traffic laws. Especially out in the country, those back roads are narrow and those stop signs can come up on you quick. You need to pay attention and, of course, go the speed limit.” | 265-7821
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Jae said...

The woman who died was like a mother to me, she was an amazing woman.. RIP Momma.<3 I miss you..

Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 4:39 PM
my my my said...

It was an article! It is very sad that this man and woman died in this accident and left children without parents. Everyone driving motorcycles, cars, trucks, 18 wheelers, and mopeds need to be careful and cautious! Bottom line. Everyone involved in anykind of vehicle/motorcycle/moped accident needs mandatory toxicology screening. The trooper did his job. Nobody will ever know what happened that night but the man and woman that lost their life and the MAN above that is watching us. Stop judging the people writing these articles unless you can get out there and do it better.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM
dangerous said...

It is not that motorcycles are dangerous machines, its the environment in which those are driven. Motorcycles are generally the smallest vehicle on the road and there are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles. Those are also harder to see and predict oncoming speed. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. In and of itself the two wheel vehicles are safe but put those in the mix of daily drivers, those become unsafe very quickly. My son was recently involved in a minor accident at a stop light in his car where another car rear ended him going about 30mph. He's fine though spent some very sore days at rehab. However say he was on a motorcycle and got rear ended at 30mph. Most likely would have been critically injured if not killed. It is something to think about and I love motorcycles and think those are fun but once I got married and had kids I decided to not ride one any longer just because of the risk to my family. No one can say that a motorcycle is as safe as a car in an accident. According to the Insurance Information Institute Motorcycle crash statistics, "Motorcyclists were 34 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a crash in 2004, per vehicle mile traveled." If you want to ride one that is great and it has nothing to do with your intelligence but it does have a lot to do with your risk tolerance.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Nanasmom1002 said...

My heart breaks for the young children that lost their parents in this wreck.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM
@??said... said...

I did not think the paragraph was offensive either, I felt that the trooper was doing his job by putting a blanket warning on the article. Your comment that motorcycles in general are not seen very well from the general public and especially at night is offensive & I didn’t read that in the article. I understood it as a general warning for riders to be more careful out in the country at night because it is dangerous. In this case it might have been the motorcyclist at fault for not stoping at the stop sign, but I have been driving on I-95 and watched a car speeding at over 80 mph cut me off not knowing there was a motorcycle right in front of me and then have to slam on brakes not to hit him. Cars should be more offensive too, and respect the speed limits and keep our bikers safe. Bikers are people with families that enjoy the hobby of riding free in the wind. Bikes are not cheep and most bikers are successful business people. As a successful business professional and Harley owner I take offence to your comment that the general public has a bad view of us.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM
old timer said...

"Motorcycles are safe till you have an accident"
I will always remember that said to me from a
emergency room physician,decades ago.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM agree said...

I agree that you need to watch out for motorcycles BUT ... with that being said I think "bikers" should hold themselves to a higher standard , I have seen "some" bikers weave in and out of traffic like they are doing a stunt or something. Bikes go faster are more agile and can move sharper and quicker than cars/trucks ..... Vickie , I heard what happened to Ben and I know that was a senseless tragedy that never should have happened I'm so sorry for your loss , that being said , it's not all BIKES and it's not all "OTHER VEHICLES" ..... share the road

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM ?? said...

I don't think it'd offensive. It is saying that motorcycles in general are not seen very well from the general public and especially at night. I guess it is all how you read it.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:49 AM @Vicky Bass said...

I also agree with you.There was no need for that comment.What about the cars that never pay attention to the biker.Really Why is the Biker always the bad one.Sorry about your husband and what you must be going through.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:33 AM Vickie Bass said...

The last paragraph of this article is very offensive to me. It seems to be trying to make bikers look stupid. My husband was killed on 4/24/2010 by a person who law enforcement never gave a drug or alcohol test to but the dead biker was given one he had nothing in his system however I don't think the driver of the vehicle that hit him can say the same. But I forgot that's ok he was a biker. That comment was very unnecessary

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM Family friend said...

My deepest condolences go out to the mothers of both Robbie and Danielle... Also please pray for the children left behind.

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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