2 cyclists released, 2 in ICU at WakeMed after getting hit by car in Johnston Co.


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Two cyclists hit by a car Saturday in Angier have been released from the hospital, while two other riders hit remain in WakeMed’s Intensive Care Unit.NEW STORY: ‘Was she texting?’ injured bike rider asks after driver hits 4 Johnston Co. bicyclists

The cyclists, three men and one woman, were hit around 2:45 p.m. on Massengill Pond Road near Sue Drive, officials said.

Photo by Patrick Priest/WNCN

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria car, operated by Donnie Marie Williams, 50, was traveling north on Massengill Pond Road near Sue Drive when she approached the four bicyclists from the rear, striking them.

The four bicyclists all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were identified as Christopher Graham, 34, Joel Arthur Lawrence, 57,  Lynn Lashley, 57, and Michael Dayton, 60, according to officials.

Joel Lawrence, who lives in High Point, has been released from the hospital with a broken clavicle. Chris Graham, of Durham, was released from the hospital with a broken leg.

Lynn Lashley and Mike Dayton are both still listed in critical condition.

Johnston County officials released the 911 calls associated with the accident Monday.

“She has her eyes open and she’s breathing,” one caller tells the dispatcher.

Family and friends told WNCN’s David Hurst that all four riders were very experienced and had logged tens of thousands of hours cycling.

Lt. Jeff Gordon with the N.C. Highway Patrol said there are no new updates regarding potential charges and there’s no timeline on when charges may come. Authorities did say that alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

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