WAKE FOREST — A Franklinton man lost his life the evening of Aug. 7 after having to ditch his motorcycle when another vehicle reportedly cut him off.
Johnny Macon Pleasants, 57, and a passenger, Sharon Ray McCloud of Wake Forest, were headed north on Capital Boulevard near the exit for Durham Road when another car cut them off just after 9 p.m., according to McCloud. In response, Pleasants ran off the left side of the road, yelling to McCloud that she needed to jump off as he was going to have to lay his motorcycle down.
After Pleasants crashed, he and his motorcycle continued to travel more than 175 feet. The initial investigation showed that Pleasants was driving the speed limit before and at the time of wreck.
Witnesses to the wreck provided first aid, including CPR, and Pleasants was transported to Wake Medical Center by EMS, where he was later pronounced dead. Distraught, McCloud was unable to provide a description of the car that cut them off. She did not require transport to the hospital at the time.
A memorial service for Pleasants was held Tuesday evening, in Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest.
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