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Across the Piedmont Triad this late spring, we’ve been blessed with warm weather that perhaps inspires folks to leave their cars behind in favor of two wheels or a pair of sneakers. But sadly, it seems that not a week goes by without another headline about a pedestrian or cyclist injured—or worse, killed—after being struck by a motor vehicle. In fact, just this week a pedestrian and bicyclist were both struck by automobiles on the same day in the Piedmont Triad area. Community members might want to walk and bike to their destinations, but can you blame them for being fearful of injury with the abominable track record motorists have had on the streets during recent weeks?

A vehicle hit a pedestrian on Church Street in Asheboro, North Carolina during the morning of June 21, 2010.

An article on reports that her condition is life threatening. Clarice Evelyne Farlow, 74 and from Asheboro, was transported to Randolph Hospital and then airlifted to Duke Hospital. Her condition Tuesday was still considered critical.

The section of Church Street where the incident occurred was closed for two hours following the accident so that police and other officials could recreate the accident under the authority of Police Officer Tony Richardson. Their job should be easier because Mary Ellen Payne, the motorist who struck Ms. Farlow, did not flee the scene and remained with the injured woman until police arrived. Apparently, Ms. Farlow was crossing the road across from the Farmer’s Market and just half a mile from her home when Ms. Payne struck he with her 2010 Honda Accord.

On the same day, a teenager was struck by a truck while he was riding his bike near Lake Brandt Place in Greensboro, North Carolina. According to another article on, the young man’s uncle said his nephew “should be fine, but was transported to the hospital to be checked out.”

These two incidents that caused two victims injury are an unfortunate reminder that we must all—motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike—be careful at all times of the day in order to play an active role in preventing injuries on the road.

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