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Driver charged in fatal Raleigh mo-ped wreck

Posted April 29, 2011

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— A Nashville man surrendered to police Friday after being charged in a Monday crash that killed a mo-ped rider, police said.

Bruce Robert Herrmann, 46, of Partridge Lane, was northbound on Capital Boulevard on Monday afternoon when he slowed for traffic near Sumner Boulevard and was hit from behind by a 2007 Ford pickup, police said. The collision pushed Herrmann and his mo-ped into the back of a 2002 Acura and then across the entrance to a parking lot, killing him.

The driver of the pickup, Gilbert Allen Moore, 43, of 4561 Womble Road in Nashville, was initially cited with failure to reduce speed. After police conferred with the Wake County District Attorney's Office, they also charged Moore with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

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  • toddwemyss Apr 29, 2011

    Legislation needs to address where these vehicles can be used. The vehicle is limited in speed abilities and should only be used on 35 mph zones and two way traffic roads. Operators do not use good judgement on where they can safely operate them so the should be limited to low exposure roads.

  • tiredofthelies Apr 29, 2011

    I live off Capital, and will avoid it as much as possible. People never drive the posted speed of 45, let alone give anyone a break, to change lanes. It's a dangerous road, that Capital Police definitely need to pay more attention too. How many nights in a row, do you hear on the radio of an accident somewhere along Capital?

  • lolly Apr 29, 2011

    The laws of Physics override the laws of NC-DMV. Capital Blvd scares me when I am in a car.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 29, 2011

    I don't understand how they can charge these people in things that are just ACCIDENTS, then let others who were clearly DUI go with far less.

    If they've been drinking or drugging and this happens, then in my opinion, it was NOT an accident.

    But in such as this, an accident is an unforeseen event that one could not plan for.

    When it comes to "failure to reduce speed", everyone around this town exceeds the speed limit, except for the little old guy with the big white pick up truck in Angier. He never goes over 20 mph no matter what road he's on or how many are backed up behind him, bless his soul.

    But everyone else in this area speeds, almost all the time.

  • Rebelyell Apr 29, 2011

    You could easily make Capital a VERY SAFE road for all of us. Just put the police out there on some little mopeds. After one of them gets run over and dragged along, I would imagine the rest of the force would quickly put a priority on safe driving on Capital, unlike now, it has become the forbidden zone.

  • pyrosinthesky Apr 29, 2011

    I wonder if this is the person I see on Capital all the time. It was annoying, but I always thought he was safe. He has/had as much right the road as I did.

  • JordanvsBird Apr 29, 2011

    Anyone has the right to drive a mo-ped or ride a bicycle on our roadways. Both can be hazardous to your health. It's an unfortunate reality that each person has to consider when making decisions on transportation. I feel bad for the victim, though I would never consider using unsafe transportation on Capital Boulevard. That stretch of roadway is unsafe as it is for the safest vehicles.

  • wayneboyd Apr 29, 2011

    Desiderata. If Ford pickups were illegal on the roads this also would never have happened.
    The problem lies in the fact that N.C. is eager to get their greedy hands on the fee they charge for an operators license that there are entirely too many people operating motor vehoicles that should be walking a path across the ditch parrallel to the roadway.

  • Desiderata Apr 29, 2011

    If mo-peds were illegal on the road , this would never have happened!