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Mo-ped driver dies after Fayetteville hit-and-run

Posted July 8, 2011

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— A 31-year-old Fayetteville man whose mo-ped was hit and dragged by a car late Thursday died of his injuries, state troopers said.

David Lee Cruz II was driving east on Camden Road around 9:30 p.m. when a car also going east struck him, troopers said. Cruz and his mo-ped were stuck underneath the car and dragged several hundred feet, witnesses told troopers. 

Cruz died Friday morning at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Troopers said the car's driver put on its flashers and had to know something had been hit, but didn't stop.

mo-ped Mo-ped driver dies after hit-and-run

Troopers are looking for a silver or white passenger car with extensive front-end damage.

"People many times panic. It could be anything. Maybe they don't have their driver's license, just in fact got scared and drove off," North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Derek Mobley said. 

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the state Highway Patrol at 910-486-1334.

Cruz's girlfriend, April Carleton, said he was driving on Camden Road to give his father an insulin shot.  She said he often expressed how he didn’t like driving his mo-ped on the busy two-lane route “because people will run you off the road.”

She described her long-time boyfriend as a loving father of their 7-year-old daughter, Amber. 

"He would do anything in the world for his daughter," Carleton said. 

Cruz's uncle, Jonathan Prechtl, just hopes the driver is caught. 

"Because God said love everyone, even your enemy, but I hope they catch them and punish them to the fullest extent of the law. That's what they deserve," he said. 

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  • curegeorg Jul 15, 2011

    Case in point. I am on Holly Springs Road today going towards Crossroads and a white Dodge 250 truck passed this biker and crossed about 6ft into my lane to get around him and was close enough to hitting me that I laid into the horn. What the driver did was illegal (double yellow), but it was caused by that biker being on a narrow, twisty, and dangerous Holly Springs Rd in moderate to heavy traffic. He had no business to be on there. I see and experience "sharing" the road with these bicycles/mopeds/scooters result in hazardous and illegal driving endangering everyone else's lives. If you want to risk your own life by riding one, that is bad enough, but the risk to everyone else is unacceptable. It will probably take something horrific to get the gov't to take action and remedy this problem. I consider these things closest to motorcycles which are forced to follow the law - everything should be forced to.

  • scifion Jul 13, 2011

    "but mopeds are too dangerous to be on the road with cars and trucks that go alot faster than they do."

    these cars and trucks only go as fast as the operator allows them to, and they are typically equipped with brakes to slow them to a speed safe for road conditions said operator identifies, as he/she is operating the vehicle with reckon for their and other's safety, right?

    Seriously people, I slow and pass mopeds and scooters safely all the time without being late to work or rupturing an artery over it; YOU CAN TOO!

    I hope the driver is caught and punished, and I hope Mr. Cruz's family can find peace soon.

  • jbrown820 Jul 12, 2011

    Well my personally opinion they should outlaw those mopeds from being on the road and less accidents would happen. I do feel sorry for the family that lost a loved one. The one that hit him will have to pay in more ways than one but mopeds are too dangerous to be on the road with cars and trucks that go alot faster than they do. The law really needs to look at them getting them off the road!

  • bonnnie Jul 11, 2011

    My condolences to his family!

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 8, 2011

    I know it don't matter what he was driving, someone killed him and left him. Hope they catch the coward. But this is a scooter, not a moped. As for the comment listed below, I don't see where anyone is blaming him for getting killed.

  • Army Brat I Am Jul 8, 2011

    cont: A life is a life. Praying for the family.

  • Army Brat I Am Jul 8, 2011

    Wow a person has died, & a lot of you are sitting in judgement of him. He lost his life because of someone else. I've seen ppl say illegal immigrant which everyone knows WRAL usually says if they are illegal & THEY DIDN'T! I've seen "he must have been driving on this or that side" WHO CARES! HE DIED! he didn't shoot himself, he didn't do something illegal and died because of it, he went to help his father. Yes maybe there is more to HIS story, but the fact is, there is some crazy *** murderer out there that needs to be stopped. Why haven't I seen many comments about the driver that killed him? Really people? Let's look at this another way: If it were your 5 year old child, riding it's little bike in your culdesac with the rest of the kids and someone runs over your child, are you going to say it's the child's fault for being in the street? or Maybe someone else on here will say it's the parents fault for the child riding in the street with the rest of the kids? Doubtful. A life is a

  • kerumbo Jul 8, 2011

    All of you filthy scum blaming the victim for NO reason except his mode of transportation, I hope you get squashed by a giant tractor-trailer, driven by an illegal immigrant who flees the scene and leaves you to die. Or by a drunk driver who fears our draconian DWI laws so much that he'd rather see you die, than be punished under such laws.

  • Scubagirl Jul 8, 2011

    this is such a sad story. Does it matter WHY he was taking insulin to his father at 930 PM? What matters, and has previously been said, is that the person who hit him HAD to know he hit something! What also matters is that anyone driving anything is responsible for doing so safely. For those in cars-if slower traffic annoys you-LEAVE HOME EARLIER and share the road with others; YOU are not the most important person on the road.

  • llc1952 Jul 8, 2011

    Yeap another mopeds accident in Smithfield today.
    LOVE your comment curegeorg. you are absolutely right.

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