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Moped driver killed in Raleigh wreck

Posted January 25, 2013

— A 20-year-old moped driver died early Friday after being hit by a car Thursday night near Triangle Towne Center in north Raleigh, police said. 

According to investigators, Alexander Shoemaker, of Raleigh, was hit by a car after he ran a stop sign at Fox Road near Sumner Boulevard about 9:45 p.m. 

He was taken to the hospital, where he later died, police said. 

Fox Road was blocked for some time following the wreck, but reopened overnight. 

No other information has been released.


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  • loj68 Jan 25, 2013

    Scooters do require insurance and registration just like anything else. Only those under 50cc do not and those have a max speed of around 35mph. They are not a significant danger that needs any more legal action to require insurance or licensure....there are hardly any even out there and of those, few cause injuries to others. Focus on cars...there's where you need to worry and focus attention.

  • ksh33 Jan 25, 2013

    Whether a scooter, moped, this was a human and somebody's loved one. Let's have some respect in our comments, please. It could have been one of "your" friends!

  • working for deadbeats Jan 25, 2013

    Those stupid things need insurance and registration. They can do thousands of dollars in damage to another car and the state just shrugs it's shoulders.

  • waylam1 Jan 25, 2013

    What a shame that another person driving a scooter has been killed.While I have only been in NC for 5 years.I have wondered why do these riders get to use the roads without any license or insurance.I understand that for a lot of people its a cheep way to get around,but at whose expense.Who pays the bill when they are hurt if its their fault they were hit.I'll bet I know its the people that have insurance or we pay for it in increased taxes.There also needs to be more attention to where these scooters are on the roads as I understand they are to be on mostly secondary roads most of them I see are on major wake county roads impeading traffic or in speed lane.

  • loj68 Jan 25, 2013

    Yes, the thing with calling scooters a moped has been constant for years and no amount of correction seems to matter. I got a reply once that said that is the way the police report them. I don't buy it.

  • Moriahe Jan 25, 2013

    To WRAL: If this was indeed a scooter and not a moped, please update the story and refrain from making this error in the future. You lose credibility as a news source when you continually refer to scooters as mopeds.

  • renaissancemon Jan 25, 2013

    > [LKG-Lover]
    > They don't have to have a license

    Neither do bicyclists, which are about as big a threat to a car as a moped is, compared to the threat that a car is to either one (a bicycle or a moped).

    To convince me that licensing makes drivers safer you would need to show that the number of accidents caused by licensed drivers divided by the number of all accidents, is lower than the number of licensed drivers divided by the number of all drivers. Can you do that?

  • renaissancemon Jan 25, 2013

    > [Crew Dog]
    > I am surprised there are not more fatalities relating to these

    So you admit they are safer than you assumed. Most fatalities on them are the fault of licensed car drivers.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jan 25, 2013

    That's very sad. I'm sure for whatever reason, the moped driver did not see the stop sign. Hopefully, he would not have passed it, intentionally. Stop signs apply to EVERTHING on the road. Bycycles, mopeds, etc... But in MY experience, I've seen these mopeds (the ones that have a max speed of maybe 35 mph), on the roads, poking. Some do use the shoulder, but some actually drive on the road itself. It's very irritating, because in a no passing zone, I am forced to stay behind a moped, doing 35 in a 45. EVEN when no traffic is comming, I can't pass. THAT makes me mad!

    I hate to say it, but these should never be allowed on public roads. They are a hindrance, nuisance and very irritating!


  • lucubration007 Jan 25, 2013

    The guy ran a stop sign. It doesn't matter what he was driving.