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Moped driver hurt in Raleigh crash

Posted May 9, 2013
Updated May 11, 2013

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— A 27-year-old man was seriously injured when his moped collided with a vehicle Thursday night in north Raleigh, authorities said. 

The crash happened in the 2900 block of Spring Forest Road, off Capital Boulevard, about 10 p.m.

Raleigh police said Barbara LeBlanc, 50, of Raleigh turned left onto Spring Forest Road into the path of a moped driven by John Mahaffey, of Raleigh. Police said Mahaffey braked, but his moped broadsided the Acura. Police said the headlamp on the moped may not have been functioning.

Mahaffey was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

Spring Forest Road was shut down while authorities investigated the wreck.


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  • fifefan4life May 16, 2013

    1981 ...he was NOT on Capital Blvd that night.

  • fifefan4life May 16, 2013

    The man on the scooter did not cause this accident. He was just driving down the street going 30-35 mph when a car pulls out in front of him because she didn't look before she pulled out into the street! Witnesses say his lights were on, and I'm sure they were or he wouldn't be driving it. We, his family, are hurting. He has not been conscious since the accident, and remains in critical condition. Please be sensitive with your remarks.

  • SharpEyes May 13, 2013

    I restate my previous statement. I own a scooter and I feel that some restrictions should be put in place to prevent people with revoked licenses from driving them. I do not think they need a full license but a permit and plate. It would be extra revenue for the state and a way to free me from knowing that people who see me on my scooter as opposed to one of my fully insured automobiles naturally assume I am a licenseless drunk vs a guy trying to get a few miles from my house without spending loads on gasoline.

    Also, to the person who called scooter riders at lights impatient... those sensors under the roads are usually tripped by a change in magnetic fields. Scooters and other vehicles don't have a ton of metal to disrupt the fields thus as I said the light would never change. There is a law to allow the running of the red light which you may have seen at one point. I said that they should require a device be installed onto the vehicles that will disrupt the field.

  • loj68 May 13, 2013

    Scooters like bicycles are a way to liberate those who do not have the resources to get cars or trucks. They are small exception for a small group of people because it would be elitist to say that nobody should be able to travel freely in this country unless they can afford a car and insurance.

  • godnessgracious2 May 10, 2013

    Actually the scooter drivers should mind everyone else as they are impeding the flow of traffic.

    I can see where you have gone wrong, you think this 'impeding traffic' is an actual thing. You are wrong. A bicycle or moped can never be cited for 'impeding traffic'.

  • drhoades5 May 10, 2013

    " When you crash your moped into a minivan you need to buy a new moped. Why should moped riders have to carry insurance when they almost never kill anybody exept the rider?"
    If I hit a moped because he pulled out in front of me or hit my car, there WILL be damage to my vehicle. Since the moped driver won't have insurance (Very Expensive after a (multiple) DWI you know), I am left with MY insurance having to pay & increasing. How is THAT fair??

  • janunit May 10, 2013

    LOL at people who think they will get reimbursed from uninsured moped riders! You realize the slang is liquorcycle because most of these folks have lost their licenses? I recall when insurance began uninsured and under insured motorist coverage. I asked how to become one.

  • godnessgracious2 May 10, 2013

    Anyone operating a device on the roads should be required to carry liability insurance. I do not care if the vehicle is motorized or not. They are operating in the same space as everyone else. They can and do cause accidents. If we do not require ALL to have insurance, then the discrimination needs to end and change it so NONE have to have insurance. All is better.

    Fine it would be like a 2 dollar a month policy for a moped rider. They just aren't exposed to that much of a liability risk. You fools are barking up the wrong tree.

  • markjb33 May 10, 2013

    Why should moped riders have to carry insurance when they almost never kill anybody exept the rider?

    Short answer, because they can cause damage too

  • whatelseisnew May 10, 2013

    "Scooters are allowed on all public roads but highways. There's no such thing as a "safe" street. You should mind scooter drivers everywhere."

    Actually the scooter drivers should mind everyone else as they are impeding the flow of traffic.