New details in motorcycle crash which killed a Charlotte teacher | Transportation
STALLINGS, NC (WBTV) - Police have released new details about a motorcycle crash in which a Matthews man was killed in Union County Sunday afternoon.
The accident happened around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Lawyers Road and Gold Crest Drive.
According to the Stallings Police Department, four vehicles and a motorcycle were involved in the accident.
Donald James Fumo, 51, of 8109 Stevens Mill Road, was on a motorcycle that was struck from behind by an SUV driven by Richard Hardin Forsyth of Matthews.
The police report said Forsyth caused the crash due to failure to reduce speed, inattention, and driver distraction.
Forsyth told police, prior to the crash, he saw a white Toyota 4-runner sitting about four feet from the road. He thought the 4-runner was about to pull out in front of him.
When Forsyth looked back ahead at the vehicles in front of him, he saw the back of Fumo's motorcycle and Forsyth applied his brakes in an attempt to avoid colliding with the motorcycle.
The police report said Forsyth was traveling about 40 miles per hour at the time of the accident.
The collision sent Fumo's motorcycle into a stopped vehicle which then caused a collision with two other vehicles.
According to the police report, the motorcycle ended up about 45 feet from where collision with the SUV occurred. The motorcycle came to a rest under the front driver's side wheel of Forsyth's SUV.
Fumo sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main where he later died. Three other patients were also treated and released at the hospital.
As of Tuesday afternoon, police had not filed any charges in the wreck. Investigators say they must first complete a reconstructive accident report which should happen by mid-week.
Fumo was a math teacher at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.
On Monday, Fumo's family placed a cross near the intersection where the crash occurred.
We spoke with the victim's brother, Ray Fumo.
"He lived his life to the fullest, he did what he enjoyed doing--teaching," Ray Fumo said. "He loved his children, church was important, his family was key."
A visitation will be held for Fumo on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, 13700 Lawyers Rd, Charlotte, NC 28227. A mass will be recited at noon on Thursday.
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