Archive for the Bicycle Crime Category

Joshua Stone – Hit and Run

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Crash, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver on March 18, 2013 by cltvelo

Saturday March 16, 2013.


Jason Orbison charged with second degree murder.

Bicyclist Joshua Stone, 31 of Indian Trail, was killed in a hit and run crash.  The crash occurred on Unionville-Indian Trail road near East Independence Blvd around 10pm.  A trail of leaking fluids led State Troopers to the  drunk driver – his truck was parked at his house about a mile away.

Second-degree murder charges have been filed against Jason Purell Orbison, 29, of Indian Trail.

Hit-and-Run in Huntersville

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Crash, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver, Injury on February 25, 2013 by cltvelo

Sunday February 24, 2013.

Huntersville police caught Gregory Beaty in less than an hour after hitting a cyclist and illegally leaving the scene.  The crime occurred at 2:30 p.m on Sunday on Highway 73 near Hubbard Road.



The cyclist has obvious injuries including broken bones.  Beaty has previous DWIs including one last August.

Harry Johnson Struck by Hit and Run Driver – He’s OK – Find the Driver

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Crash, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver, Injury on March 19, 2012 by cltvelo

Monday March 19th.

Harry Johnson, ‘The Godfather of Charlotte Bicyclists’ was stuck by a sedan, maybe a Toyota or Honda on Selwyn Ave  at 6:30AM.    Harry suffered apparent injuries and refused medical treatment.   While it was dark and foggy, this was not a case of the driver not seeing the small group of illuminated bicyclists.  This drivers speed was impeded and his actions were deliberate and aggressive.   The driver illegally left the scene of the crash.  This is that section of Selwyn between Woodlawn and the Selwyn traffic circle.   Due to his location and aggression, it is very likely that the driver uses this road daily.  Every bicyclist needs to be  vigilant in this area.

Officer Lineberger produced the crash report.

I wish Harry a full and speedy recovery. Continue reading

Find-the-Driver, Statesville – Elijah Houpe hit and in critial condition

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver, Injury on November 13, 2011 by cltvelo

Bicyclist Elijah Houpe, 19, of Statesville is in critical condition at Charlotte Medical Center after a hit-and-run crash Friday morning at 4am.  Statesville police are looking for a dark colored Jeep Wrangler with significant front-end damage.  The crime occurred  on North Pointe Blvd near Aldi’s in Statesville, NC.  If you have any info call SPD at (704) 878-3406. Continue reading

Clover Cyclist Assaulted

Posted in Advocacy, Bicycle Crime, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver on May 13, 2011 by cltvelo

A driver assaulted a cyclist after near-miss in Gastonia.   I would like to encourage every cyclist to report such incidents to the police.   And if you know the driver of black Chevrolet, turn him in.

This is directly from Nicole Smith in the Charlotte Observer.

CLOVER A Gastonia, N.C., man says a driver attacked him while he was riding a bike near Ridge and Love roads in Clover on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old bicyclist was riding north about 7 p.m. when someone in a black Chevy drove by extremely close, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report. The man said he put his hands up to show dismay, which prompted the driver to slam on his brakes and get out.

The suspect began to yell and told the biker he was “tired of dealing with people like you,” and he had almost caused him to wreck, the report states.

The suspect then kicked the man in the thigh and tried to punch him, but missed. He then drove away.

Another rider who was nearby confirmed the attack, according to the report.

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Help Find the Driver, Cyclist Bryan B. Wrigley Killed, St. Augustine, FL

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Crash, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver on April 14, 2011 by cltvelo

Anyone with any information concerning this crime is asked to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at (904) 824-8304. You can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling in information to CrimeStoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

Cyclist Bryan B. Wrigley, 23, of West Columbia, South Carolina was hit and killed in St. Augustine FL, by a driver that fled the scene.   The crash occurred at 4pm on April 13, 2011 on Country Rd 214 (CR-214).   The evidence and witnesses describe a 2000-2005 Ford pickup or SUV.  It might be blue.  The driver is described as a white male — possibly in his 20′s that headed south on CR-13.  The truck will likely have damage to the front driver’s side bumper and headlight and is possibly leaking fluids.

Brian’s family has my sincere condolances.

Roy Dean Mittelsteadt, Hit and Run Fatality in Monroe

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Crash, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver with tags , , , on January 28, 2011 by cltvelo

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Observer

On Thursday night, January 27, 2011 a driver hit and killed cyclist Roy Mittelsteadt, 46, and fled the scene.  The collision occurred in Monroe on N. Rocky River Road near Myers Road.  An off-duty highway patrol officer discovered the Roy.  The driver was arrested several hours later driving the vehicle with the horrific and extensive damage (photo).  Stephen Helms (photo), 31, was charged with second degree murder and DUI.  Helms lives 18 miles away from the crash in East Charlotte.  Roy lived 4 miles away and was commuting home from work.  The speed limit on N. Rocky River Road is 45 mph.

Roy’s family and friends have my sincere condolences. Continue reading

Stolen Bike Alert

Posted in Bicycle Crime on October 15, 2010 by cltvelo

From the Bike Mentors group:

A bike was stolen from the parking lot behind the 526 S. Church St. building on Monday during normal work hours, even though it was locked to a standard inverted-U bike rack. A picture of the bike is shown below.  Not shown in the picture is a white basket mounted on the bike’s handlebars.  If you should see someone with this bike, or spot it sitting somewhere by its lonesome self, please call the police and/or notify me as your earliest opportunity at this e-mail address. bikementor at

Michael Pellegrino Killed, Help Find the Driver! $500 Reward

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Crash, Hit and Run - Help Find the Driver with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by cltvelo

>>Mid-90s Ford pickup, possible a Ford Ranger<<

(Thanks to Mark Ortiz for the tip and Eric Banks, Adam Myerson, Dave Zabriskie, and others for sharing this link.)

Experienced cyclist,  Michael Pellegrino, 48, was hit and killed on Highway 421 between Old Liberty Road and Troy Estates Road.  This is less than 2 hours north east of Charlotte;   close to Greensboro.  The driver did not stop.  The accident likely occurred early Sunday morning, but it could have happened earlier.

The driver struck Michael from behind.  There were no skid marks before or after the impact.  According to Trooper Matthew Mitchell, it appears that the driver gradually veered onto the shoulder and struck Pellegrino.

Hopefully headlight glass and other evidence at the scene, can help convict the driver if he/she is found.  Michael’s friends and family have my most sincere condolences.

If you have any information about the crash, please contact the highway patrol at 336-334-5500.  See Joe’s comment for reward details.

Keschon Figgs, Get Well Soon! Hit and Run Driver Arrested

Posted in Bicycle Crime, Crash, Injury on September 10, 2010 by cltvelo

September 8, 2010.  Keschon Figgs was involved in a bicycle-automobile collision on Wednesday night while crossing North Sharon Amity Road at Kimmerly Glen Lane.  Keschon suffered a broken leg and facial cuts requiring 20 stitches.  The driver fled the scene.  Witness helped police find the driver and his passenger.  The driver was charged with felony hit-and-run.  The passenger was charged with misdemeanor failure to give information or assistance.  Both men are in the country illegally and have been through the court system before (Driving without a License, DWI, Reckless Driving, etc…) since 2002.  The passenger has been deported at least once.  Continue reading


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