Funeral plans set for woman killed in motorcycle wreck

Troopers: Faulty brake lights from another driver to blame for accident

POSTED: 10:30 AM Jul 08 2013   UPDATED: 10:33 AM Jul 09 2013
WASHINGTON, BEAUFORT COUNTY -

Funeral arrangements have been set for a Beaufort County woman who died in a motorcycle crash.

Peggy Stilley Sullivan's funeral is scheduled to be at 4 p.m. on July 12 in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Service in Washington. Burial will follow in Pamlico Memorial Gardens.

Faulty brake lights were to blame for the wreck that killed the 58-year-old Sullivan, according to the Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Sullivan, of Pinetown, was riding her motorcycle on Highway 264, near the intersection of Lizzard Slip Road in Washington, at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. In front of her was a truck towing a boat.

The driver of that truck, James Jarvis, 17, slowed down to make a turn, but his brake lights were not working, investigators said. Sullivan did not notice the truck was slowing down, and when she tried to avoid crashing, she ran off the road, hit a fire hydrant and a ditch, before being thrown from her motorcycle, according to troopers.

Troopers said Sullivan was pronounced dead at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

On Monday night, loved ones gathered for a memorial to remember Sullivan's life. Close friend Anna Raigner said Sullivan was one of the original maidens of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club in Washington.

"She was awesome, she always had a smile on her face. She’d always make you laugh and she's going to be well missed," said Raigner.

"Peggy was the kind of person who would light up a room without even trying.  She was the kind of person who was special without trying to be special," said Pam Keech, an other friend of the victim.

Keech said when the weather begins to warm up, many bikers hit the road. She is asking drivers to just be mindful.

"This accident was a tragic accident that involved a very young driver and careless mistakes. Just watch out and share the road," said Keech.

Sullivan is survived by her mother, husband and two daughters.

Memorials in Peggy's memory can be made to the family at 14211 US Hwy 264 E., Pinetown, N.C. 27865 or IOMC/NC, 2556 Slatestone Rd., Washington, N.C. 27889.

NewsChannel 12 tried talking with the Jarvis family to get their side of the story, but they did not want to go on camera.

Troopers said they plan to meet with the District Attorney on Tuesday to discuss charges against Jarvis.