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Moped driver dies on Fayetteville road

Posted June 3, 2009
Updated June 4, 2009

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— A moped driver died after being hit by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon in front of Legion Park in Fayetteville.

As the moped and a black Ford Taurus approached one another on Legion Road, the moped crossed over the center line and struck the Ford Taurus head on, police said.

The driver of the moped died at the scene. Paramedics transported the Ford Taurus driver, Golden Bacot, 22, and two passengers to Cape Fear Valley Hospital for treatment. Their conditions were not released.

The identity of the moped driver was withheld until next of kin can be notified. He was found to be at fault for the accident, police said.

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  • SME2 Jun 4, 2009

    agreed...mopeds/scooters (ones that do not need a license) should be restricted from going on roads with the speed limit above 35 MPH.

  • iron fist Jun 4, 2009

    I still think they are safer then your 10 speed bike. People who ride the scooters don't ride in packs taking up the whole lane refusing to move over to let autos go by.

  • affirmativediversity Jun 4, 2009

    Mopeds and scooters should be outlawed on all roads with a speed limit of 35 or more. They are unsafe and made more so with their "look at me I'm an eco-warrior" self congratulating drivers!

    I feel for the driver of the car...it doesn't matter that its wasn't their fault...it is a horrendious experience to have to live with. I hope they have lots of family and community support during this time.

  • RDUTEC Jun 4, 2009

    I ride a full sized bike. It has 1500cc and can out accelerate most cars on the road. It does have good braking distance, and is fairly maneuverable. Those “mopeds (scooters)” usually are very light and because the rider is usually as heavy or heavier than the bike, they are very top heavy and this reduces maneuverability. Those things scare me alot. I would never ride one in traffic….period.

  • DougWare.NET Jun 4, 2009

    quit_whining,

    The correct term is drunkcycle...

    Just because something has a slow top speed, doesn't make it safe.

  • The Fox Jun 4, 2009

    Those alkicycles are dangerous.

  • Z Man Jun 4, 2009

    Thanks schnabba for the link. I was wrong about the top speed.

    I have driven Tryon road at 50 MPH and a 'moped' without a tag was keeping up. Don't think the cops care though.

  • Z Man Jun 4, 2009

    I believe it true that mopeds are limited to 49cc and 35 MPH. If the engine is any larger than 49cc or the bike will exceed 35 MPH, it must be registyered with the DMV and therefore the operator must have a motorcycle endorsement and carry insurance.

    If you see a moped exceeding 35 MPH, the operator has likely defeated the governor.

    I wonder if the governor was defeated in this case.

  • yabbadabbadooo Jun 4, 2009

    oh, I thought this was on fayetteville road... it's on a road, in fayetteville!

    Mopeds can do 30mph legally in NC. Changed in 2001 from 20mph.... you CAN have one that goes faster, it just has to be registered as a motorcycle, and you have to have the motorcycle endorsement, insurance, etc. So, the "moped" could have had a top speed of 80mph or something, as long as it was registered as a motorcycle.... which means insurance, etc.

    http://www.moped2.org/laws/North-Carolina.htm

    Still, if it was something that goes slow - they can be a hazard. It's interesting that the "moped" crossed over the line into oncoming traffic... wonder if the driver was making a turn, or just some other error?

  • quit_whining Jun 4, 2009

    I regularly refer to mopeds as DUI mobiles...look it up you don't need a license to drive one and you drive one if you have lost your license...going to see more and more of these as the recession continues!

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