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Friend talks about Greensboro man killed while riding bicycle

GREENSBORO — A day after a Greensboro bicyclist was struck and killed, his friends and the local cycling community are still coming to grips with his death.

Jeff McClintock worked with Chris Fulp at RF Micro for five years. When he heard Fulp, 51, was killed while riding his bike on Country Club Drive Thursday morning, it was a shock.

"He was safety-conscious," McClintock said about Fulp.

According to police, Fulp had a light on his bicycle when he was struck at 6:15 a.m. Thursday by Thomas Tilley Jr.

Police said Fulp was riding east on Country Club Road when Tilley, 67, of Greensboro, hit him while turning left onto Carlisle Road. Fulp was taken to Moses Cone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Tilley has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to see before turning.

Fulp is the seventh bicyclist killed in Guilford County since February 2009, and the second in the past seven months. High Point firefighter Todd David Martinez was killed riding his bike on Feb. 2.

McClintock and Fulp would occasionally cycle or go running together, including taking part in the Krispy Kreme Challenge charity race in Raleigh or the Tour de Lions charity bike race, McClintock said.

He often urged Fulp to join him in cycling near his house in Jamestown.

"Chris would always tell me traffic in Greensboro is so busy, and I would encourage him to ride with me in the country," McClintock said.

McClintock said it is difficult knowing someone young and vibrant, with a wife and two children is now dead.

"He was my age with kids like me, being responsible. It makes you think. ..." McClintock said. "He was so alive, and now he's gone."

He also expressed sympathy for Tilley.

"I wonder what the driver is going to do different, the next time they get in a car?" McClintock said. "They're going to pay attention to every pedestrian they ever see again."

He said that's something all drivers need to do to prevent deaths along roads.

"We've got to slow down, we've got to pay attention to cyclists and pedestrians," McClintock said.

By the same token, he said cyclists have a responsibility, too.

"Cyclists have to wear bright clothes and have lights when we're out," McClintock said.

He also suggested making eye contact with a driver, if possible, as well as not wearing dark clothing.

"If we're going to be in a battle with cars, they're going to win," McClintock said.

Contact Sarah Newell Williamson at (336) 373-7076, and follow @snewell_NR on Twitter.

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