Fatality on N.C. 179 involving a bicycle

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Alcohol suspected factor for bicyclist

A bicyclist was killed Thursday, Oct. 11, on N.C. 179 in Shallotte.

Timothy Leonard, 57, of Shallotte died when his bicycle collided with a Ford van driven by Lucinda Stanley, 52.

According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks, Stanley wasn’t at fault.

“There are no charges. The driver of the van was doing everything within the perimeters of the law,” Parks said. “Speed is not suspected as a factor on Stanley’s part.”

Parks went on to say it is believed Stanley was traveling at a speed lower than the posted speed limit.

“Alcohol is suspected on the part of Leonard,” Parks said.

Results of the alcohol tests are pending. In addition to alcohol, failure to yield is also thought to be a contributing factor.

Stanley was driving in the southbound lane when Leonard’s bicycle collided with her van.

“The bicycle was originally traveling south in the northbound lane into oncoming traffic, Parks said. “He was riding head on into traffic. He crossed over into Stanley’s lane. He veered over right in front of her at the last minute.”

Leonard was pronounced dead at the scene.

The wreck happened three-tenths of a mile south of Todd Road. N.C. 179 was closed for about an hour last Thursday afternoon while the wreck was investigated.


Rachel Johnsonis a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or rjohnson@brunswickbeacon.com.