Fatal North Carolina bicycle accident claims life of cross-country rider disabled in work accident

A Plymouth man who lost the ability to walk after a North Carolina work accident 20 years ago was killed in a Mocksville bicycle accident over the weekend, the Times Leader reported.

Albert Arnott, 60, inspired others as a survivor, after suffering a traumatic head injury in a fall from a tree while working as a landscaper. Though he could no longer walk, he began riding a recumbent bicycle and had managed to power it across the country. His recumbent bicycle was a three-wheel cycle with a seat.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports Arnott was killed on Saturday in a collision with a truck while pedaling north on U.S. Highway 601.

He had moved to Arizona several years ago but in an interview earlier this year with the Times Leader he said he had just completed a ride from Los Angeles to New York, via Washington D.C. He was riding to bring attention to the need for term limits in Congress and told the newspaper he had written more than 40 books — several of which could be found online.

The Highway Patrol reported that Arnott was northbound on Saturday when he was struck by a pickup truck also traveling northbound. The investigation is ongoing and the driver could face charges.

His cycle’s low build could have made it harder to see. But he had added a large “Gadsen Flag.” The yellow flag features a coiled rattlesnake and the motto “Don’t tread on me.”

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a North Carolina bicycle accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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