2 deadly accidents involving motorcyclists highlights problem in Cumberland County

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Two people died in separate crashes involving motorcyclists. A woman is charged in one of those wrecks, which happened hours apart on Sunday.

Jasmyne Russell-Dicker is facing charges for driving while impaired. Police said she hit and killed Patrick McDill, a Fort Bragg soldier who was riding a motorcycle on Yadkin Road. The prosecutor said charges against Russell-Dicker could be upgraded when police finish investigating the crash.

Earlier Sunday, another motorcycle rider, Neron Pratt, was killed on Bingham Drive after he was hit by a car. No one was charged in that crash. 

Both crashes are now added to a long list of crashes in Cumberland County, including one Leo Brown was in.

“(I was) making a turn, a lot of sand, just loose, and the bike just slid from under me,” Brown said. “Luckily I was going slow so I didn’t hurt the bike or myself.”  

Cumberland County has the highest amount of motorcycle crashes compared to other counties this size. The most recent numbers show 966 crashes over a four-year period.

But according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Cumberland County also has the most registered motorcycles compared to other counties. There are roughly 6,500 registered motorcycles. 

“I think a lot of it has to do with the military. And the military, it’s an adrenaline rush to be in the military, and of course power sports is an adrenaline rush. It’s a fun sport,” said business owner Carson Baker. 

It’s the reason Carson Baker, says he makes sure riders know about safety first.

“Everybody wants the biggest and baddest thing. That’s just human nature. But hey, let’s get you a bike that’s for your riding style, and as you get better and progress, you can get something with more and more power,” Baker said. 

Brown said he knows the risks, but still rides the roads right where the crashes happened, but now with caution.

“Keep a safe distance and try to anticipate what they’re going to do cause you can’t account for everything. If something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Brown said.

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