Motorcyclist, driver not injured in Happy Lake Road crash

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:16 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:17 a.m.
PJ WARD-BROWN/SALISBURY POST Bill Rainey, father of Blake Goodman, who was hit by Rhonda Fields’ car, checks over his son’s motorcycle after a wreck at the intersection of Happy Lake Road and N.C. 152 on Tuesday.
PJ WARD-BROWN/SALISBURY POST Bill Rainey, father of Blake Goodman, who was hit by Rhonda Fields’ car, checks over his son’s motorcycle after a wreck at the intersection of Happy Lake Road and N.C. 152 on Tuesday.

Two people walked away from a crash Tuesday afternoon, one of whom was a motorcyclist, after their vehicles collided at the intersection of N.C. 152 and Happy Lake Road in Rockwell.

William “Blake” Goodman, 42, of Rockwell, was traveling north on Happy Lake Road, on his Yamaha motorcycle when he was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Rhonda Fields, 47, of Salisbury, who was heading west on N.C. 152. Fields’ husband, Jeffrey, was also in the vehicle. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. The couple was wearing their seat belts, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper C.F. Rogers.


Goodman was wearing a half helmet. Goodman let go of the bike when he was struck he said. He did receive some bruising, but was not seriously injured.

“I was coming across to Happy Lake Road and the next thing I know they were on top of me,” he said.

Goodman said he’s been riding motorcycles for 20 years. Rhonda Fields was not seriously injured and declined comment. Her husband was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Goodman was charged with failure to yield and not having a motorcycle endorsement. Fields was charged with driving with a suspended license.

Rogers said Goodman was going under the posted speed limit and Fields was traveling the posted 55 mph speed limit.

Bill Rainey, Goodman’s father, said he heard the crash before he even drove up on it. He was traveling down Happy Lake Road to get gas when he immediately recognized the motorcycle on the roadside. Rainey then saw Goodman walking around.

Other friends and neighbors came to the scene to check Goodman, whose motorcycle was not rideable. Friends also arrived at the scene to make sure Fields was OK. She was not injured in the crash.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253. Twitter: www.twitter.com/salpostpotts Facebook: www.facebook.com/Shavonne.SalisburyPost.

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