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Man killed in wreck on US 70 near Pine Level

Posted October 9, 2013
Updated October 10, 2013

One person died early Wednesday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 70 near Pine Level, Johnston County authorities said.
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— A man driving a moped was killed early Wednesday in a wreck with a car on U.S. Highway 70 near Pine Level, state Highway Patrol officials said. 

According to investigators, the wreck happened at about 6:45 a.m. when the moped crossed over U.S. 70 at Peedin Road and collided with a car traveling westbound on U.S. 70. Witnesses told troopers that the moped driver, John Quincy Raford, 53, of Four Oaks, did not stop for a red light.

No other injuries were reported. Westbound lanes of U.S. 70 were blocked for more than an hour as crews investigated the wreck. 

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  • Charleigh Oct 9, 2013

    I agree with plegaljess--there is another person to be concerned for here too. The driver. Please pray for him or her.

  • Obamacare for everyone Oct 9, 2013

    Did troopers run toxicology tests here?

  • frosty Oct 9, 2013

    Unless you are on an interstate highway you will have to look out for slower traffic be it a moped, bicycle, farm machinery or even a horse, with or without a cart.

    Everyone should try to obey the law and look out for others. However, running a red light crossing a major highway is not an action that will contribute to longevity no matter what you drive/ride.

    This time of year especially be on the lookout for farm machinery (think combines) It is well into harvest time and they are trying to beat the weather and may be starting before dawn and after sunset.

    So you don't like irresponsible moped riders on the road would you rather them be driving something much bigger?

  • colinmb123us Oct 9, 2013

    pinball wizard - your description of those that have a disregard for traffic laws applys to those in cars also. If someone on a moped, bicycle, tractor, walking or whatever is disregarding the law, call 911. They are subject to the same punishment as those in cars. How many unlicensed car drivers are there on the road in NC????? 1 in 7 don't have a license according to AAA back in 2012 (and I'm betting it hasn't gotten any better in the last year). Again, discourtious, self absorbed, arrogant, lawless drivers are a much larger problem than slow moving vehicles. But these forums allows you guys to try and prove to everyone how superior you are when you are driving or an operator of a car.

  • Disabled Vet Oct 9, 2013

    If Mopeds and scooters were REQUIRED to have insurance, you would either see less of them on the road or more responsible operators on the road.

    I spent over five years in Europe. There you were required to have insurance and the insurance company gave you what looked like a license plate which was a proof of insurance. The whole time I was there, I don't remember there ever being a moped/scooter Vs. car incident.

  • sjb2k1 Oct 9, 2013

    "They are a significat hazard to all of us and the man who sadly los his life here would have been safer on a 10-speed Scwhinn"

    not if he ran a red light with his bicycle, like he did with the moped

  • plegaljess Oct 9, 2013

    I think it's tragic that a man lost his life but how about the tragedy the other driver is dealing with now? Everyone forgot about that person...

  • pinball wizard Oct 9, 2013

    There needs to be a crackdown on these mopeds. I have seen a rising number on the highways and in town. They disobey the rules of the road, are hard to see, half don't have helmets, none of them have a license plate, they think they own the road at 25 mph, a lot of them have lost driving privileges.

    For the few that are saving gas, good for you. Obey the rules and get licensed. Stay off the main roads and operate in an area that is safer like streets that have a 35 mph speed limit

  • Obamacare for everyone Oct 9, 2013

    Since no one can see these darn, slow, clunky things on the road they absolutely should be taken off area roadways. They are a significat hazard to all of us and the man who sadly los his life here would have been safer on a 10-speed Scwhinn.

  • colinmb123us Oct 9, 2013

    5.5 million auto accidents in the US every year. 1.3 million involving injuries. 40k people die. Yeah, bikes, mopeds and slow moving vehicles are the problem.

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