Lee William Morel, 33, had reportedly ridden his bike to Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church to help prepare for a dinner later this week. Morel was riding his bike back home and was just a few yards away from his driveway in the 8000 block of Mount Pleasant Church Road, when he was struck from behind by a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup. Morel was ejected from his bike. He died at Wake Medical Center from his injuries.
The driver of the truck that struck Morel, William Clyde Denton Jr., 44, was not injured.
State troopers are still investigating the accident. Once the accident report has been completed investigators will confer with the district attorney’s office as to possible charges. Photos by John Payne.