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Mo-ped rider dies in Raleigh wreck

Posted April 27, 2011

— A Raleigh man was killed Monday when his mo-ped was rear-ended on Capital Boulevard, police said Wednesday.

Bruce Robert Herrmann, 46, of Partridge Lane, was northbound on Capital Boulevard at about 2:15 p.m. when he slowed for traffic near Sumner Boulevard. A 2007 Ford pickup slammed into Herrmann from behind, pushing him and his mo-ped into the back of a 2002 Acura and then across the entrance to a parking lot, police said.

The driver of the pickup, Gilbert Allen Moore, 43, of 4561 Womble Road in Nashville, was charged with failure to reduce speed. Police said they would consult with the Wake County District Attorney's Office to determine whether other charges should be filed in the case.

Neither Moore nor the driver of the Acura, Tavaris Jermaine Martin, 37, of Goldsboro, was hurt in the wreck.


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  • stephaniesnead1 Apr 29, 2011

    As a friend, I am devastated by the loss. If you had seen the accident or read the police report, you would know a CAT bus was stopped, the Acura had stopped and so had the mo-ped. The truck did not...I drive a big white van and am constantly astonished that drivers don't see me!!!! My friend did not deserve to die less than 2 months after his father. Please do not judge him as it is not your job. I do feel for the driver but I also talked to someone who saw this happen and my friend was at a stop, the truck did not slow down even for the car much less my friend. The truck driver put the blame on my friend. The witness has not slept for days because he knew my friend was not going to make it as he saw his face and heard his neck snap. Please quit these awful comments as it is devastating to his only surviving family. People please learn to feel again and let God be the judge.

  • parichar77 Apr 28, 2011

    Often times people who get DUIs and lose their license continue to drive. Sometimes maybe even drive intoxicated again. Would you rather get hit by a drunk in a car, or someone who is trying to do the right thing and is riding a scooter.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Apr 27, 2011

    Why is Mo-ped hyphenated? Moped is one contiguous word.

  • godnessgracious2 Apr 27, 2011

    you say the moped pulled out in front of the truck, but the article indicates that this was a three vehicle accident involving an Acura. This shows strong evidence the truck is at fault. How do you explain this?

  • CraftyMo Apr 27, 2011

    It is a tragedy for all parties involved in the deadly accident. Whether a witness or car occupant in the event - their lives are now tragically changed forever.
    As far as blame or guilt, why not wait for the official police report before attacking each other here on golo?
    Whether I like mopeds, bikes, etc., on the road is irrelevant. They are legal on the roads here in NC. If I want it to change then it is my responsibility to contact my locally elected official to see how and if responsible and reasonable changes can be made.
    Attacking people for their opinions only reflects the low character of the people doing the bullying and bashing.

  • warbirdlover Apr 27, 2011

    Check out some of the Moped laws in other states.


  • Mac Cool Apr 27, 2011

    Mopeds should require a driver's license, banning them because they are inconvenient isn't a solution. If I had my way about 1/2 of drivers would be banned. Lets not blame the moped rider because some inattentive driver killed him. If the driver is charged with less than manslaughter there is no justice.

    gordonfan4life: According to the story, the moped was squished between truck and car which pretty much discounts that it is any way the moped rider's fault. Can't stop on a dime, sounds like he couldn't stop at all and would have rear ended the car if the unlucky rider hadn't been between. Being a hard worker doesn't give you leeway to be a roving menace.

  • warbirdlover Apr 27, 2011

    There is a big difference between a Scooter and a Moped. Ok, your driving down a two lane country road, doing the speed limit, everything is cool, you round a curve and there is a moped doing 30 in a 55 zone. In the other lane is farmer Brown with a load of corn on his truck. Trees line both sides of the road. Where are you to go??? I have no problem with bicyclist as long as they follow the rules of the road, but a lot of them think they own the road, and everyone else should get off it.

  • northatlanticstorm Apr 27, 2011

    "It's not the mopeds that are a danger to the general public, it's schmucks driving their SUVs, eating, talking on the cell phones and doing their makeup instead of paying attention to the road they are flying down."

    A distracted driver was likely the cause, since even the moped had to slow down for traffic. While there is no excuse for distracted driving, the vehicle that hit him is irrelevant, this guy would have been killed even if a PRIUS had hit him. 200 lbs of flesh is no match for several thousand pounds of vehicle.

    Under other circumstances, a moped is dangerous for the general public because they are rarely encountered and travel much slower than surrounding traffic. Drivers are not used to them. We may know that mopeds are very slow, but it's hard to judge just how slow unless we see them regularly. The difference in speed between most vehicles and a moped is extreme and dangerous on all but the slowest roads.

    -Proud driver of pick-ups and SUV's

  • koolbike1 Apr 27, 2011

    "While it is sad that someone had to die, mopeds should not be allowed on main roads. Most moped drivers are driving mopeds because they have lost their license due to drunk driving. They are a nuisance to say the least."

    This is pretty true, as told to me by a Highway Patrol Colonel when I asked why so many are on the road. It's going to take quite a few more deaths before they are better controlled and have licenses required.