PITTSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — An Apex man has been charged in the death of a bicyclist on Friday in the second major crash involving cyclists in a week, officials said Monday afternoon.
The deadly crash Friday killed a father and husband from Cary who was riding south around 6:37 a.m. on N.C. 751 near Pittsboro, the N.C. State Highway Patrol said.
Jason Markley, 36, of Cary, attempted to make a left turn while on his bicycle near Jordan Lake and was hit from behind by a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck, troopers said.
Ramsey Even Capps, 42, of Apex, who was driving the pickup truck, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and misdemeanor death by vehicle, officials said Monday.
Markley was a member of Crosspointe Church, was active outdoors and leaves behind a wife and three children, according to his obituary.
Those who know him call him a loving caring man who was passionate about his family.
“This was a man who loves his family very much. He loved his children,” said neighbor Carri Galvanek. “He would mow the lawn and had his kids on his back when he mowed the lawn.”
Galvanek now says she can’t even look at the house across the street where Markley and his family lived. The home was recently was put up for sale and the Markleys moved out to make it easier for real estate agents to show the house.
Their neighbor says Markley and his wife always thought of others. They were active in missionary work and traveled to help other people, Galvanek said.
“He loved to live fully and enjoyed biking, hiking and anything active outdoors,” Markley’s obituary said. “He enjoyed sharing these passions with his wife and his children. He was an active participant in Crosspointe Church, and to charities important to him including The WHY Project.”
A visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Good Hope Baptist Church, 6628 Good Hope Church Road in Cary.
An open-air memorial service will be held at Wake Memorial Park, 7002 Green Hope School Road in Cary on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The family is requesting that those who come to Markley’s memorial service bring a written memory of him. Those notes will be placed in a keepsake box for his children to remember him for years to come.
The deadly crash near Pittsboro comes just days after Lori Cove was riding her bike with three others along High House Road in Cary on Monday when she was hit by a man driving a pickup truck.
Christopher Moore has been charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run.
Officials say the outlook does not look good for Cove as she remains in critical condition at WakeMed.
Another cyclist, 55-year-old Virginia Davis, was also seriously injured but is doing better and will be OK.
Cove, who works as the transportation director for the Town of Cary, is on life support and not expected to survive.