Drunk Driver Kills Father-Son Cyclists In North Carolina

Posted on Apr 20, 2011
A father and son out on a weekend morning bike ride were tragically struck and killed by a drunk driver in New Hanover, North Carolina, this weekend.

A local Wilmington new source reported that the two men, father David Doolittle and son Trey Doolittle, were biking in a marked bike lane on River Road on Sunday morning. David was killed in instantly in the cycling accident while his son was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died the following day from his injuries. He was just days from his 18th birthday. Neither man was wearing a bike helmet.

The driver who struck the two riders was 63-year-old Thomas Grooms, who was been arrested for felony driving under the influence and felony death by motor vehicle. Witnesses say that Grooms veered into the bike lane and hit the two men before attempting to leave the scene of the accident. Another driver who witnessed the fatal bike accident blocked Grooms’ escape with his own car. The fatal car accident is being investigated by local police as well as the Department of Transportation.

Many area residents said that changes on River Road need to be made – the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit is too high, some say, while others say that the road needs to be widened. Still others recommend the addition of rumble strip between the car lanes and the bike lane.

A memorial bike ride will be held for the pair this coming weekend.

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