Harrison laments cycling deaths

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 01:14 PM

Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison is about as even-keeled as they come.

But there was no hiding his contempt Monday when talking about the hit-and-run driver responsible for the deaths of two Carrboro cyclists on U.S. 15-501 near Southern village during the council’s business meeting.

“The real tragic aspect of this is that it was a hit and run of people who were just trying to make it around and make a go of it in Chapel Hill, didn’t have much but their own persons,” said Harrison, an avid cyclist. “But there’s a criminal out there somewhere, and when you hit and run and kill people that’s what you are, I think, and I hope that our Police Department and others can find this person.”

Harrison was compelled to speak about the death after being asked by a local television station if the town is doing anything to improve bicycle safety.

He noted this week’s unveiling of the draft of the town’s Bicycle Master Plan that will be used as a blueprint for how the town builds infrastructure, changes policies and implements programs to create a place where bicycling is a safe and connected form of transportation. 

Also, Harrison said he will attend the N.C. Bike Summit in Carrboro next month. The summit is held to address statewide issues related to bicycle safety.

The two cyclists killed last week were riding bicycles south on U.S. 15-501 near Southern Village when they were struck from behind by a vehicle.

Ivin Levander Scurlock, 41, died at the scene and Alexandria Nicole Simou, 40, died Sunday at UNC Hospital from her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident. The suspect vehicle likely would have front end and windshield damage, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
State troopers are following up on some tips from people who have called with information about possible suspect vehicles.

Anyone with information or tips that might help identify the driver or the suspect vehicle is asked to call the N.C. Highway Patrol office in Hillsborough at 919-732-2551 or the Raleigh Highway Patrol Communication Center at 919-733-3861.