Friends of David Sherman, 55 were shocked when they heard of his death last Saturday. Sherman was the Vice President of Trinity-based Sealy Corporation and played violin in the Greensboro Philharmonia. Friends say that he was a cautious cyclist who obeyed the rules of the road so it was unbelievable for them that he would die in this manner. According to NC Troopers, Sherman was cycling on Church St. just north of Greensboro, NC when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. The vehicle did not stop after the impact to the bicyclist. An eye witness identified the vehicle as a silver Durango and investigators believe that the SUV will have extensive windshield damage due to the impact.
Authorities said Monday they had already located the vehicle that they believed could be linked with Sherman’s death. Investigators, together with the NC Highway Patrol, put up police tape around a Silver Durango which they found at a home in Rockingham County, as they checked for evidence. Charges are pending against the driver until they can pin point exactly where he is located. Sherman’s friends are putting together a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Hit-and-run is defined by Wikepedia, as a crime of colliding with a person, their personal property (including their motor vehicle), or a fixture, and failing to stop and identify oneself afterwards. In December 2004, a review of hit and run accidents 48% of 110 recorded hit and run fatalities were pedestrians. This was followed by 20% passengers in an automobile, 9% were bicyclists, 8% were drivers of an automobile, and 7% were outside a disabled or stopped vehicle, and 6% motorcyclists. It can be noted that 10 of the 98 victims were 18 years of age or younger and 13 were over the age of 60. 33 were female, and race or nationality is not calculated.
This unfortunate incident is a reprehensible and irresponsible act of cowardice. It is almost unimaginable that there really are drivers who do not respect road rules and so flagrantly disobey the law by running from the scene leaving a person behind injured or dead. The only thing the victim or the family’s victim could do is to hope that the culprit turns himself in or the police can apprehend the culprit.
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