2nd Chapel Hill cyclist dies in fatal hit-and-run

tgrubb@newsobserver.comSeptember 23, 2013 

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Inbound traffic passes by a white ‘ghost bike’ along with flowers Monday in the median of Hwy. 15-501 at Wave Road near the southern Chapel Hill city limits. The bicycle, which marks the site of a bicycle fatality is near where bicyclist Ivin Levander Scurlock was struck and killed by a hit and run driver late last Thursday night along with a second bicyclist, Alexandra Nicole Simou, who died Sunday from her injuries. The car and driver have not been found.

HARRY LYNCH — hlynch@newsobserver.com

— A second cyclist died Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run last week on U.S. 15-501 south of Chapel Hill.

UNC Hospitals spokesman Tom Hughes said Alexandra Nicole Simou, 40, of Carrboro, died Sunday from the injuries she suffered in a fatal hit-and-run Thursday night.

The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating.

Simou and Ivin Levander Scurlock, 41, also of Carrboro, were riding their bikes south on U.S. 15-501 around 11:30 p.m. Thursday near the Southern Village development when they were hit from behind. They were just outside the Chapel Hill town limits, troopers said.

A police officer driving returning to Pittsboro found Scurlock, who was wearing a reflective vest, in the road. He died at the scene, troopers said. Neither cyclist was wearing a helmet, troopers said.

Simou was taken to UNC Hospitals, where she spent two days in critical condition in the intensive-care unit.

Scurlock was a Chatham County native and attended Northwood High School. Simou was a longtime resident of Carrboro, who formerly operated a dog-grooming business in Chatham County.

Troopers said the car that hit the two should have front-end and windshield damage, based on evidence found at the scene. No one reported seeing the accident, and troopers have no description of the car they are trying to find. They were following up on several leads Friday, troopers said.

More than a dozen blue gloves littered the shoulder of U.S. 15-501 Friday evening as a Highway Patrol team wrapped up a day re-enacting what might have happened. Neon green and orange spray paint marked where troopers had gathered data from the highway. Based on how they landed, troopers said they were hit by a smaller car.

The Highway Patrol asked that anyone with information that could help the investigation contact the Hillsborough Highway Patrol station at 919-732-2551 or the Raleigh Highway Patrol Communication Center at 919-733-3861.

Grubb: 919-932-8746

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