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A 64-year-old Mooresville man died Sunday afternoon after he was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle south of Mooresville.

Sgt. Chad Crouse of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Earl Gillon, 64, of Mooresville, died at the scene of the crash in the 1800 block of Mecklenburg Highway.

Crouse said Gillon was riding a bicycle traveling south on Mecklenburg Highway. A vehicle, driven by Theodore Tierno, also of Mooresville, was traveling south.

“He (Tierno) pulled out to pass the bicycle and the rider made an abrupt left turn,” Crouse said. The vehicle struck the bicycle, he said.

Gillon was wearing a helmet, Crouse said.

No charges have been filed. Crouse said charges may be pending.

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(2) comments

Eric Phillips

So many questions! Was the driver of the automobile passing another vehicle (yeah, a cyclist is operating a vehicle) at an intersection? Is that even legal? I'm pretty sure it's not. How fast was the driver going while possibly illegally overtaking a vehicle at an intersection? We need to start taking cyclist serious at road users. I knew Earl. He was a very experienced rider logging over 100 miles a day. The media and Highway Patrol are dismissing this and giving benefit of the doubt to the motorist who obviously made at least one if not two or more moving violations.

Concerned Iredell Citizen

Hi - could you please edit this article to show some decency to all involved? This just happened today and unless there is video footage, the “fact” about the rider making an abrupt left turn, is likely one person’s point of view. Either way, this rider rode 100 mile rides regularly in our area and was a very knowledgeable and experienced road cyclist. This type of riding described in this article seems unlikely to many who knew him. Please have some respect for his family.

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