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Motorcyclist charged with reckless driving

May 3, 2011

A Claremont man is recovering after a motorcycle accident Monday.

Robert Setzer III, 30, was traveling west on Little Mountain Road on a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle at 5:50 p.m. Monday when he ran off the road to not hit another vehicle.

Kenneth Knight Sr., 56, of Newton, was stopped at a stop sign on Old Home Place Drive and attempted to turn left onto Little Mountain Road.

N.C. Trooper J.S. Swagger said Knight's vision was affected by a hill crest in the road, as well as Setzer's speed.

Swagger said Setzer was going 90 mph on a 45-mph road.

When Knight made a left turn onto Little Mountain Road, Setzer ran off the road to the right side to avoid Knight's vehicle. Setzer's motorcycle overturned several times, and he was ejected from the motorcycle.

Swagger said Setzer was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte in serious condition. As of Tuesday afternoon, Setzer was listed in fair condition at CMC.

Swagger said the two vehicles didn't make contact, and Setzer's motorcycle didn't strike anything while overturning. The motorcycle landed on the shoulder of Little Mountain Road.

Setzer was charged in the wreck with reckless driving, having an expired operator's license, operating a vehicle not registered, having a fictitious registration plate and operating a vehicle without insurance.

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