Bicyclist killed in Raleigh collision after running red light, report says


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A 55-year-old bicyclist was hit and killed by a vehicle Monday morning when the cyclist did not stop at red light and continued into the intersection, police said.

A bicyclist was hit and killed at the intersection of Trinity Road and Corporate Center Drive (David Grzybowski/CBS North Carolina)

The collision happened just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Trinity Road and Corporate Center Drive, not far from the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

A wreck report released by Raleigh police said John Leonard White, Jr, of Wesley Chapel, Florida was traveling south on Corporate Center Drive when he did not stop for a red light.

He rode into the intersection and was hit by a vehicle traveling east on Trinity Road operated by Officer Ryan Drakeford.

Drakeford is an officer with N.C. State University Police Department and was on duty at the time of the collision, officials confirmed.

Drakeford was traveling at 23 mph at the time of the collision. The posted speed limit on Trinity Road at that intersection is 40 mph.

Drakeford was returning to campus after responded to a call for service near the intersection.

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Bicycles are considered vehicles under North Carolina law and must obey traffic laws.

N.C. State Police will conduct its own investigation which is standard procedure for any Department member involved in an accident.

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