Akemini Peter Ekpene, 21, of Greensboro, was riding his motorcycle on North Church Street on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 when he was struck by a car. Though Akemini was transported to Moses Cone Hospital, his condition deteriorated as the day went on. Tragically, he died that evening.
So often, we see fatal crashes that occurred during the middle of the night or as a result of someone driving while intoxicated. Akemini was travelling north on North Church Street on a sunny, late spring morning. Not unlike Jorge Arango-an NC State University student from Greensboro who died while riding his motorcycle earlier this year-Akemini was on the road during what you might imagine are ideal conditions for riding a motorcycle or bike.
The driver who hit Akemini, Joy Solomon, 29, of Greensboro, has not yet been charged in the accident. Perhaps she was texting or talking while driving or simply not paying attention. Whatever the case, Akemini will be desperately missed by his friends and family.
May is officially Motorcycle Awareness Month in North Carolina. The motorcycle- and ATV-related injuries and deaths that have happened recently are all the more infuriating knowing that motorists in NC are supposed to have heightened awareness this month.
As soon as an official accident report is available, you will be able to find it for free on egertonlaw.com.