A hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 15-501 Friday left two cyclists dead, according to the Highway Patrol.
Ivan Scurlock, 41, and Alexandria Simou, 40, were riding southbound on U.S. 15-501 about 110 feet south of Chapel Hill town limits when they were struck by a vehicle. The highway patrol received the call about the accident at 12:13 a.m. Friday, according to Patty McQuillan, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Scurlock was killed and Simou was taken to UNC Hospitals following the accident, McQuillan said. Simou later died at UNC Hospitals, said Patty Rich, health supervisor for UNC Hospitals. Rich declined to comment about when Simou died.
The highway patrol is still investigating the accident and the agency has not determined the type of vehicle involved in the hit-and-run, McQuillan said.
Chapel Hill police are still investigating the death of Chapel Hill resident Lisa Renee Baldwin, 41, who was struck and killed by oncoming traffic at 8:24 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 15-501 and South Estes Drive near University Mall, according to a press release from the Chapel Hill Police Department.
More than 350 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with vehicles in the Triangle area each year, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Last year, the “Watch for Me NC” campaign made its way to Chapel Hill to educate drivers and pedestrians on how to keep town roads safe.
Town Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison said he encourages bicycle and pedestrian safety, especially among students. He said he has lights and wears a helmet when riding his bike.