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USPS truck hits, kills cyclist

Posted on June 18, 2022

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A Rocky Mount Police Department van is pictured.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise file photo

A Rocky Mount Police Department van is pictured.

ROCKY MOUNT — A bicyclist died last week as result of a being struck by a U.S. Postal Service truck.

Timothy Jenkins, 62, was riding his bicycle east on the sidewalk along Sunset Avenue when he was struck by a USPS truck driven by Randy Bassa, 52, that turned out of the parking lot of Englewood Square Shopping Center, said Cpl. Ricky Jackson, public information officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

At 4:10 p.m. June 15, patrol officers and members of the Special Operations Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to a crash with injury in the 3000 block of Sunset Avenue near Roses in the Englewood Square Shopping Center, Jackson said. 

“Jenkins was injured but remained conscience while on scene,” Jackson said. “Nash County EMS transported Jenkins to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville by ambulance.”

Bassa received a criminal citation on-scene for violating N.C. General Statute 20-173 (c), which states, “The driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building entrance, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian, or person riding a bicycle, approaching on any sidewalk or walkway extending across such alley, building entrance, road, or driveway.”

Police were notified later that day that Jenkins’ condition deteriorated and he died from his injuries at the hospital.

Bassa now faces a charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

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