Raleigh, NC — A North Carolina State University student had apparently been celebrating his 21st birthday, investigators said, when he struck a bicyclist near campus late Wednesday morning.
According to a Raleigh police report, Brian Anthony Reid, 21, of Graham, admitted he had been drinking. He registered a .12 blood-alcohol concentration on an alcohol breath test.
Reid was charged with one count each of driving while impaired, felony assault by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed.
The crash happened shortly before 11:00 am, police said, when the Ford F-150 Reid was driving struck Nancy Antoine Leidy near N.C. State at Nazareth Street and Crusader Drive.
Leidy, 60, was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh with life-threatening injuries. She was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, but died Wednesday night.
She was riding on the right-hand side of the road and was wearing a helmet, police said.
Reid, a junior engineering major at N.C. State, was in the Wake County Jail Wednesday afternoon under a $10,000 secured bond on the assault charge and a written promise to appear in court on the DWI.
His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
At the Wake County magistrate’s office Wednesday afternoon, Reid’s father called the crash “an unfortunate accident” and said “our prayers are with the family.”