No charges filed in Cary crash that injured bicyclist

bsiceloff@newsobserver.comSeptember 6, 2013 

No charges will be filed in the Aug. 27 injury of a Cary High School student who was on his bicycle when he was struck by a car in a pedestrian crosswalk, Cary Police said Thursday.

Islom Juraev, 17, suffered a broken leg and was hospitalized for several days. The police crash report said both Juraev and the automobile driver, Kylie Parker Graves, 20, of Cary, were inside the marked crosswalk on Walnut Street. Drivers are required to stop for pedestrians and bicyclists using a crosswalk.

But police Lt. Tracey Barker said witnesses gave conflicting accounts about what happened. After consulting the district attorney’s office, police decided not to charge the driver.

“We’re just not going to go and charge somebody without solid evidence that we can take to court,” Barker said.

Juraev was critical of the police decision. He said he and other students had waited until one lane of cars stopped before they moved into the crosswalk, Juraev on his bicycle and the others on foot. A car in the other lane did not stop, he said.

“The car just came out of nowhere and hit me,” Juraev said. “So I think the cops should charge her.”

Graves could not be reached for comment.

Juraev said he is at home, taking pain medicine and hoping somehow to return to school next week in his wheelchair.

“They put a metal rod in my leg and two screws on each side. I’m lying in bed the whole day,” he said.

The family came to the United States eight years ago from Uzbekistan. Juraev’s mother, Nazira Gulomova, said her son’s injuries are serious.

“He cannot move by himself,” Gulomova said. “His leg is still swollen and bruised. He wants to go back to school because he’s got difficult classes. He’s got all (advanced placement) classes. Now he’s going to suffer all his life, and that girl is not charged?”

Siceloff: 919-829-4527 or blogs.newsobserver.com/crosstown. On Twitter "http://www.twitter.com/Road_Worrier" target="_blank">@Road_Worrier.

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