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Friends remember bike accident victim with vigil; DWI suspect in court

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Grooms appeared via video conference Monday afternoon (Source: Ryan Koresko) Grooms appeared via video conference Monday afternoon (Source: Ryan Koresko)
Ronald "Trey" Doolittle III, (Source: Facebook) Ronald "Trey" Doolittle III, (Source: Facebook)
Vigil for Trey Doolittle Vigil for Trey Doolittle

The second bicyclist involved in an accident on River Road in New Hanover County Sunday has died. 

17-year-old Ronald Doolittle III, known to friends as Trey, died Monday afternoon.  His father, Ronald Doolittle II, was struck and killed yesterday.

Hours after news of his death, Trey's friends gathered at New Hanover High School for a candlelight vigil.

Trey was an organ donor. His decision to donate his organs allowed eight people to continue on with their lives. There's no word yet on funeral plans.

The man charged in connection with the deadly accident made his first appearance in court Monday.

Thomas Grooms, 63, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony driving while impaired, open container, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges.

Sunday morning, investigators say Grooms hit two bicyclists on River Road after 9am.  Ronald Doolittle II died on the scene, while his son Ronald Doolittle III was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Grooms was assigned a court-appointed attorney.  He told the judge that he just recently started a business in the Southport area.  The judge denied his request to make his bond unsecured.

Grooms is due back in court on April 21st.

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