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Accident ends in fire, injuries

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on July 22, 2012 1:50 AM

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Two motorcyclists were taken to to a Greenville hospital after their motorcycle collided with a car early Saturday on Royall Avenue.

Two out-of-state motorcyclists attending a rally in Goldsboro this weekend were hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after a Saturday morning accident on Royall Avenue.

Traffic was snarled for more than an hour while Goldsboro police and other rescue personnel assisted a driver and passenger who were ejected from the motorcycle, which was westbound on Royall Avenue.

According to the accident report, at around 10 a.m., Shirley Kornegay Moses, 72, of Odell Street, turned from Royall onto Landmark Drive and failed to see the oncoming motorcycle. When the 2004 Harley ran into the side of her car, Monte Rovell Garrett, 38, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and his passenger, Tracy Holt, 42, of Louisville, Ky., were thrown from the motorcycle.

Police said the fuel tank of the motorcycle was either punctured or ruptured, causing it to burst into flames. The vehicle also caught fire.

The motorcyclists were taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then to Vidant.

Ms. Moses was charged with failure to yield. She was treated and released from the emergency room at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Both vehicles were declared total losses. Damage to the 2007 Chevrolet was estimated at $18,000. The motorcycle value was estimated at $10,000.

Brandon Steers of Goldsboro is sergeant at arms of the Goldsboro chapter of Redliners, a motorcycle club with 11 chapters in 11 cities in 11 states, of which Garrett and Ms. Holt are affiliate members.

"Every year we do a 'roundup'," Steers said, estimating the turnout at the gathering this weekend at between 150 and 200. "Everybody gassed up and we were going to Goldsboro High to meet up for a meeting and we were going to do a fun ride. We were going to be escorted through town and had a big barbecue set up at H.V. Brown Park."

In the aftermath of the accident, Steers said the decision was made not to go through with the ride.

"We did go to the park, and the Cleveland (Ohio) chapter and Louisville (Kentucky) chapter went up to Greenville to the hospital because they were their two members," he said.

A hospital spokesman could not be reached for comment on the condition of the two injured riders.

Steers said that he had heard that Ms. Holt suffered a pelvic fracture, some broken ribs and a compound fracture, while Garrett, who is called "Joker," suffered compound fractures to both wrists, a compound fracture to his leg and a broken pelvis.