Updated 07/09/2012 11:02 PM
Teen on bike dies after crashing into SUV
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GALLATIN, N.Y. -- Just moments after leaving a friend's home and jumping on a bicycle to pedal seven miles to work, 16-year-old Isaac Churton of Pine Plains was hit by a car and later pronounced dead at Northern Dutchess Hospital.
"Speed doesn't appear to be a factor, nor is alcohol or drugs at this time," said Abdul Weed, an investigator for the New York State Police.
State Police say Churton failed to yield when entering County Road 2 (Jackson Corner's Road), an extremely curvy stretch that's garnered a bad reputation with neighbors.
"Oh it's a terrible road," said Steven Mosher, a good friend of Isaac's. "People drive way too fast on it. Nobody goes the speed limit."
"You don't see the people coming down the hill," said Robert Rogoshewski, a neighbor who lives just down the road from the accident. "You have to open up your windows and listen to hear a car on the road, otherwise, you take your life in your hands."
Friends say Churton had an incredibly tough childhood and made some bad decisions. But they say he had turned his life around, he was getting better grades, he got a job stocking shelves at Peck's Food Market and he cared deeply for others.
"He had a beautiful soul," said Mosher. "He was just a fun loving person. He was always, always there to make you laugh, no matter what, the kid was there to make you have a good time."
"He was a really nice kid and he helped out everybody that he could," said Robert Bird, another friend of Isaac's. "He didn't have anything and he just wanted to help everyone else out."
Neighbors say the speed limit on County Road 2 dropped to 45 mph after a bus was rear ended and another biker died more than a decade ago. They say today, it's still not safe for bikers, joggers, even drivers.
"The speed limit should definitely be taken down," said Rogoshewski, who's been lobbying for a drop for years. "I'd like to see the whole road, in both counties, go to 35."
Friends of the Stissing Mountain high schooler believe they know what Churton’s thinking.
"He wants us to move forward and be happy and he's definitely not the type of person that would want anyone moping around about him, that's for sure," said Mosher.