• May 16, 2017

Megan McClellan Killed in Accident on South 17th Street in Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC -- A collision between a semi-truck and a bicyclist claimed the life of 20-year-old Meghan McClellan Monday, May 15, 2017 in Wilmington, NC.

According to police, the woman was riding her bicycle along South 17th Street when for unclear reasons she was struck by a big rig. Police say the woman was riding near the Fulton Station shopping center around 5:52 p.m. when the incident happened.

The official investigation is ongoing.

More details, including the cause of the crash, may be forthcoming as the investigation concludes.

Update: The driver of the semi, 24-year-old Jamar Scotez Cunningham, was stopped on a separate violation, and was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

map of the area

Commentary

Drivers bear the responsibility to stay attentive when taking to the roadways. That being said, the rules of the road apply to bicyclists as well. Unfortunately, we just don't have enough information to know who was at fault.

Considering the accident took place around 5:52 p.m., however, it's difficult to understand how it was the driver of the semi-truck was unable to see the victim. From the pictures in the early media reports, it looks like it was still light out. Is there a chance the truck driver was driving too fast to safely stop? Was the driver distracted when the accident happened? Was the semi driving too closely to the bicyclist? As it stands, these scenarios are speculative.

In accidents involving bicycles and semi-trucks, the bicyclist will always be on the losing end. That's what makes it all the more important for motor vehicles, be they commercial trucks, or passenger cars, to remain attentive to the road when driving near bicycles.
Right now, there just aren't enough details in the early media reports to figure out who was at fault. We need a more in-depth investigation to decide if the driver was driving negligently, so those improper actions get addressed and dealt with appropriately.

--Grossman Law Offices

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