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Old 01-21-2015, 07:46 PM   #1
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Triangle area rider killed by drunk on 440 Beltline

This is being discussed on at least one sub-forum here and I'm sure others as well.

Local rider, Tom Anstey, was killed by a 23 year old in what is her third alcohol related incident at least.

I would have to imagine that he was an inmate here or possibly NCSportBikes.com. If anyone knows him and can point us to the appropriate place to consolidate this discussion, I would appreciate it.

http://www.wral.com/raleigh-woman-fa...eath/14375517/

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Old 01-21-2015, 08:10 PM   #2
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I've been speaking with a victim's rights advocate on another forum about what effect motorcyclists showing up at court hearings might be and got this reply a moment ago:


The Judge will know you are there in support of the victim in this case because once the case is called and they are done with it, you and anyone else with you will get up and walk out of the courtroom together. The Judge always sees this. Hopefully there will be a large number of people there with you because the more folks that are there. The more attention it draws. You may also call the District Attorney's Office and ask to speak to the prosecutor that has been assigned to the case. Make sure you have the defendant's name so that the person answering the phone can look it up on their computer to see who the prosecutor is. Keeping in mind that since you are not family, you may not get to speak with the prosecutor directly and may have to leave a message, let them know you support full prosecution and that you and other bikers we be attending the hearings. Call in the afternoon as all prosecutors are in court in the mornings.
Hopefully the family of the victim will be there at the hearing and you can introduce yourself to them and let them know you are there for support.
Another thing that might help would be to wear a vest if you have one that id's you as a biker. However, if this case goes to trial and you go to the trial, you will likely not be allowed to wear your best into the courtroom because the appeals courts feel that it could influence the jury and is not allowed.

I have worked as a Crime Victim Advocate in Homicide/Major Crimes for 14 years. Victim Rights and Justice has been my primary focus.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:32 PM   #3
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Sheesh 113 mph? She seems nice.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:57 AM   #4
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Sheesh 113 mph? She seems nice.
3rd or 4th alcohol related incident. She's 23. Lifelong motorcyclist is dead.
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:27 AM   #5
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In for the discussion. I doubt I'll be able to come for the hearing though.

We are pretty nice as a nation when it comes to DUIs. The majority of people who get a DUI are going to keep driving after you take their license, and probably still do so drunk. Throw them in jail for a bit and things might change.

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Old 01-22-2015, 05:12 AM   #6
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Do we tolerate any other sort of repeat offender?
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:45 AM   #7
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If you follow this link, it'll show you her current court dates. Today, she's being heard for 2nd Degree Murder and Felony Death By Vehicle.

Lots more in February and March.

http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/cale...t=Submit+Query
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:16 AM   #8
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WoW.....Rip....always sad to hear. I am still hoarding money for a DR-Z this spring....and I made a promise to myself that I would not ever ride 440, 540, or 40 unless absolutely necessary for an emergency. Not to say a fatality couldn't happen just as easy on any road....but I have seen enough ridiculously stupid moronic idiot drivers on those three roads in the three years I've been here to suit me. If there were more expanses of open riding land available around the triangle..... I dunno if I would even get a street legal bike. I only need the roads to get me to the off-roads. Sure the pavement is fun to ride as well, but every time you hear something like this...you remember how quick one degenerate inbred can take the life of a good person. Stay safe.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:33 AM   #9
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There are idiots everywhere. The biggest difference to me between woods and streets is that the obstacles in the woods tend to remain static: trees, roots, rocks, etc. On the street, it couldn't get more dynamic.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:58 AM   #10
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For sure. I love the technical challenges of the wilderness more than the stresses of the street. I love exploring roads...when they are empty! There are just too many careless drivers on phones, drugs, and alcohol these days. I saw a lady run right up on the rear of a scooter rider the other day.....she was like 1 foot from him...and then passed extremely erratically and closely...no signal of course.....I guess she was SO important that the dudes life was not a priority. We live in an epidemic of narcissism....and it definitely shows in how people drive....thus is for sure.
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Updates and a memorial planned for 3PM Saturday at Macgregor Draft House in Cary.

http://www.wral.com/cary-man-killed-...rges/14378876/
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