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Testimony starts in trial of man accused of killing cyclists

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Testimony started today in the trial of a man accused of hitting and killing a father and son biking on River Road last year.

Thomas Grooms is charged with second-degree murder. Witnesses talked about the lives of David and Trey Doolittle and their final moments.

Joy Doolittle told the jury about her ex-husband and son.

Witnesses of the accident on River Road last April also took the stand. Cyclists Grooms passed that day say he was so close to them they felt like they could have reached out and touched his car. They described his distance from the bike lane as “shocking,””extreme” and “scary.”

The jury also heard from the drivers of the cars that were in front of and behind of Grooms that day. Both testified that they saw Grooms cross over into the bike lane multiple times as he drove up River Road.

Both drivers say they believe Grooms was going more than 60 miles per hour when he hit the Doolittles.

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