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Scooter driver killed in Durham crash

Posted January 2, 2015

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— A man driving a scooter was killed in a crash Friday morning near North Roxboro Street and Seven Oaks Road in Durham, according to police.

The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. when a northbound Taotao scooter driven by Quince Adam Pressley, 49, of Durham collided with the passenger side door of a southbound 2007 Toyota Corolla, according to police.

The driver of the Toyota was making a left turn into the parking lot of Kroger at 5116 N. Roxboro St. when the crash happened.

Pressley was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors in the crash, according to investigators. No charges have been filed.

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  • John Ragan Jan 2, 2015
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    people that ride "scooters' usually are unable to obtain drivers licenses for a reason......it's called revocation. Do you really want them on the roadway if they lost their license the first time. This is why we have public transportation

  • Kenny Dunn Jan 2, 2015
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    Then there is the case where I just barely avoid a bicyclist who was in the shadows on the edge of the road and wearing dark clothing. Scared me to death as I swerved at the last second. Point is, accidents can happen even when drivers are trying to be careful. I always give bicyclists as much room as possible.

  • durham4sale Jan 2, 2015

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    What about golf carts - there are some street legal. Bicycles - they are all over the place.
    People over 70? 80? etc?

    Making something illegal does not cure/solve/fix/correct the underlying issue - drivers in cars tend to be distracted. Drivers in cars feel protected and isolated from the road. And with more technology now standard in cars the distractions are almost built in.

    The same can go for folks on other motorized forms of conveyance as well - but in this case the cause is painfully evident. My car was totaled at the light at the Eno Park Entrance right up the road. from this crash...person behind me not paying attention (I was stopped with traffic and brakes lights working) - I was in a big ol' Taurus (so no excuses about small size of vehicle or lights)...just someone distracted with the radio and phone.

  • heelhawk Jan 2, 2015

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    Or..... we could ramp up the penalty for driving while distracted and otherwise irresponsible behavior behind the wheel of a car. The far majority of these "accidents" are the fault of the car driver, not the cyclist or moped driver. Why are you advocating taking those off the road instead of punishing the true culprit?

  • Gail Dragon Jan 2, 2015
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    You have no idea how many times I have avoided being hit or serious injury within a crosswalk. Folks have to pay attention.

  • 678devilish Jan 2, 2015

    I wish North Carolina would make driving scooter over roads and highways illegal. Just saying.... too many deaths.

  • durham4sale Jan 2, 2015

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    Regardless of bike, scooter or motorcycle...a driver not paying attention, distracted or with poor judgement will always win out in a situation like this..by win out I mean walk away more times than not.

  • durham4sale Jan 2, 2015

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    I see folks on bikes on this same road.
    Regardless of how you slice it..you as a driver of a motorized vehicle..are responsible to be alert and attentive when operating said vehicle. My guess is this fatality was a result of a combination of error in judgement by the driver of the car - did not fully anticipate the speed of the smaller scooter and possible not being fully attentive while behind the wheel. The investigation will reveal the cause....of which at this point 100% falls on the shoulder of the operator of the car as they failed to yield right of way and possible failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

  • heelhawk Jan 2, 2015

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    yeah, not paying attention while driving a car should be a legitimate excuse for killing someone.

  • durham4sale Jan 2, 2015

    I rode past this crash this morning - on my motorcycle. While details are few and not fully reported it is, either way ,a sad situation all around. Someone lost their life and someone took a life and will have to live with that.
    As a cager and a 2-wheeler it scares me how many drivers I see that do not pay attention. This was a preventable tragedy. The cager should have been focused on oncoming traffic (all traffic), The scooter driver should have been focused on traffic and driving defensively (if he was or not might not have played into avoidance).

    Next time you blow thru a red light (see it all the time on Duke St - every day almost at Duke and Carver) remember you are risking your life and someone else's just so you don't have to wait for the light one more cycle.
    Next time you get behind the wheel - FOCUS! Be Alert! Be Respectful...it might just save a life.

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