Rockwell, NC, Driver Charged with Felony Hit & Run for Swerving into Subaru-Gary Fisher Team Members

Just months after Subaru-Gary Fisher rider Adam Little was struck and killed while riding in Charlotte, NC, several more members were hit while on a training ride.

On Friday, 21-year-old Daniel Burton Wilson II was charged with six counts of felony hit and run for veering left of center and hitting six cyclists on Wednesday.

Interviewed by the Salisbury Post, team rider Chris Harkey recounted how he saw a Nissan Pathfinder swerve into the group of riders in front of him, which included his wife (Lori Harkey) and her sister (Lisa Preslar), and saw bodies fly.  Two riders were hit directly, with one sliding across the hood and the other getting dragged under the car.  Four more riders then crashed into the vehicle.

Fortunately, no one was killed in the accident, but two riders were taken to the hospital and have undergone surgery and treatment.  Others were treated at the scene.  The rider who was dragged under the car was able to “jump” free as Wilson drove into a ditch to get around several other cyclists that tried to block his escape.  Remarkably, that rider suffered no apparent major injuries and was treated at the scene.

Another motorist followed Wilson who, along with riders at the scene, recorded his license plate number.  Police traced the tag and called Wilson’s father, who owned the vehicle.  Both his father and mother cooperated in locating Wilson, who turned himself in four hours later.  Wilson is currently free without bond until trial.

The Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office is determining “if this guy was trying to intentionally run over the cyclists,” Sgt. G.A. Barger of the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said, adding that he could face additional charges.

Read the full story here, with many more pics from the scene.  Just don’t bother with the comments, they’re the usual rants between motorists and cyclists except with particularly poor spelling and grammar.

Comments

Kimi - 05/23/10 - 10:22pm

So glad everyone is ok! and they caught the guy!! my prays go out to all the members on the Subaru-Gary Fisher Team!!!

KJR - 05/24/10 - 2:56am

Screw a trial, they should just hand out baseball bats to the riders and their family members and leave them all in a room with Danny-boy. I’ve been intentionally run off the road a few times, and these motherf***ers need to learn some lessons the hard way…

Tom Boonen - 05/24/10 - 2:33pm

Let the facts come out… Let’s be happy that no one was killed or suffer a massive injury. It sounds like an accident and the driver (21 yo) freaked out. He’ll most likely get multiple reckless endangerment counts, and fleeing from a crime. Unless they can prove intent or intoxication. Personally – I have also been run off the road a bunch of times, hit by cars, and had more than a few close calls – and it not fun. Most of the time it’s driver error or distraction (I bet this guy was texting or some other BS), and that’s scary – if it’s intentional then iT ON.

Guess - 05/25/10 - 9:14pm

Does anyone have any follow-up info? Court appearence was to be today from other info read.
I just can’t believe they let him leave without any bond money after leaving the seen and lawyering up?
Hit 6 people and leave the seen with one still under the SUV and no bond needed. Sounds too much like his parents are connected and he’ll get off with a slap on the wrist.

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