Damn. Thanks for posting. Maybe the victim's family will find some justice in civil court. Although the story didn't state it, perhaps the defendant was stripped of his CDL also. We can only hope.
No comment on the sentence, but one on the drivers excuse/explanation.
We hear this too often, "I passed close because there was too much oncoming traffic to move over farther". Unless your brakes have failed, and you had to choose the lesser of evils, this isn't any excuse at all. The simple remedy is to slow down and wait for an opportunity to pass safely, just as you would if there was a deer carcass in the road.
It galls me that cyclists and other slower road users get less respect and courtesy that roadkill or other inanimate obstructions. This and other specifics of how to share the road safely are good fodder for PSAs.
If I were the judge, I would have replaced the community service with a fine large enough to finance production of a PSA starring him with the theme being "I killed someone because I was too impatient to wait a few seconds for an opportunity to pass safely".
FB, you beat me to it....
It's as simple as 1+1=2: if you don't have room to pass safely, DON'T PASS! A man DIED VIOLENTLY because you couldn't wait a few seconds.
Oh, and: sorry, State of North Carolina, but ANY deliberate act that directly results in a death should not be a misdemeanor.
What a shame. It's odd how there are sidewalks on this road but no bike paths. Its more of a highway than a road. Doesn't look like the kind of place anybody would be walking in.
Correction: it didn't happen on Perry Creek Rd. but just north of it on Louisburg Rd.
Here in Oregon no charges would have been filed. You guys think the sentence was light, but I'm impressed that anything at all happened.