NEWTON – On Sunday, 12 January at approximately 4:30 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and is investigating a fatal collision in Iredell County on NC 115 (Mecklenburg Highway) near Bridges Farm Road. A bicyclist was traveling south on NC 115 in the southbound lane. A 2005 Porsche 911 was also traveling south. As the Porsche attempted to pass the bicyclist on a straight, flat section of roadway marked with a double yellow line, the cyclist suddenly turned left into the path of the passing vehicle. The Porsche and bicyclist collided and the cyclist was ejected from the bicycle. The Porsche continued off the roadway and struck a mailbox.
The cyclist, Earl Douglas Gillon, 64, of Mooresville, died at the scene. The driver of the Porsche, Theodore Robert Tierno, 47, of Mooresville, was not injured. Troopers were on scene approximately two hours during the initial investigation. Neither excessive speed nor alcohol are suspected. Tierno is cooperating with investigators. Troopers will present their findings to the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office.
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