On July 8, a tractor-trailer driver was charged with second-degree murder after a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 85, north of Henderson, in which a motorcyclist suffered fatal personal injuries.


According to North Carolina state troopers, 38-year-old Creedmoor resident Michael Gray Rigsbee was traveling south near mile marker 220 at about 7 p.m. when his truck struck a motorcycle driven by 39-year-old Cary resident Sean Christopher Newman. Troopers say he did not stop after the collision.


The collision caused Newman to lose control of the motorcycle, which struck the median. He was ejected from the bike and was killed instantly, according to authorities.


Troopers pulled Rigsbee in Granville County, approximately 20 miles south of the scene of the accident.


Rigsbee faces charges of second-degree murder, felony hit-and-run, failure to render aid, and careless and reckless driving. He was imprisoned in Vance County jail under a $112,000 bond on the morning of July 9.

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