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Mo-ped rider killed in I-95 wreck

Posted July 15, 2011

— A Cumberland County man died late Thursday when a tractor-trailer hit him from behind as he was riding a mo-ped on Interstate 95, authorities said.

Charles Ray Fairley, 48, of Pummill Road in Gray's Creek, was in the right northbound lane between the exits for I-95 Business to Fayetteville and N.C. Highway 59 to Hope Mills at about 8:50 p.m. when he was hit and killed, authorities said.

The truck driver, David LaSalle, 36, of Stewartsville, N.J., told Highway Patrol troopers that he tried to switch lanes to avoid hitting Fairley, but he couldn't because of traffic. He also said he couldn't slow down fast enough as he came up behind the mo-ped.

LaSalle hasn't been charged in the crash.

State law prohibits using mo-peds on interstate highways or any road with a 40 mph minimum speed requirement. On other roads, such scooters must stay a foot from the white line along the shoulder.

Carson Kemp said he used to work on Fairley's mo-ped and warned him against driving on major roads.

"I tell him, 'Look, you can't get on the interstates or the major (highways). Just go the back roads. It might take you more time, but it's safe,'" Kemp said. "You have to be very aware of what's around you at all time."

Trooper Greg Steffans said any mo-ped operator who travels more than 35 mph also must have a license and insurance and be registered with the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

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Most mo-ped operators aren't required to have a license.

Steffans said that, although mo-peds have lights, he would recommend that riders wear reflective vests so they can be more easily seen by other drivers.

The wreck came a week after another mo-ped rider was killed in a hit-and-run.

David Lee Cruz III, 31, of Fayetteville, was hit from behind on Camden Road on July 7. The driver of the vehicle that hit him hasn't been found.

Cruz died the following day from his injuries.

That same day, Belton Bullard Jr., 46, of Red Springs, died of injuries he received in June when he lost control of his mo-ped on Old Wire Road and crashed.


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  • Rebelyell55 Jul 15, 2011

    I buy gas for my weed eater and my leaf blower...what road should I drive those on?
    July 15, 2011 7:27 p.m.
    That's funny, I just had picture of you on a weed eater. I don't really know the answer to that. But I do know not on the interstate. All I was pointing out was that if they buy gas, they are paying taxes. Notice that I said the sales tax on gas was "suppose" to be for the roads.

  • affirmativediversity Jul 15, 2011

    If they buy gas, they pay taxes. The gas taxs is suppose to be for the road. per RebelYell55


    And the lottery is suppose to be for Education.

    I buy gas for my weed eater and my leaf blower...what road should I drive those on?

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 15, 2011

    they pay NO road taxes or tag fees...so don't contribute, in anyway, to the cost of construction, repairs or maintenance...SUV's DO!
    July 15, 2011 6:34 p.m.
    If they buy gas, they pay taxes. The gas taxs is suppose to be for the road. As for we should all stop driving cars, etc. that your opinion not mine. I love driving my car and truck. But I also like the idea of having the right to ride too. Certainly without fear of someone who thinks they are so self important as to drive, text, talk on the phone, read, etc instead of paying attention to the road and operating their vehicle to the safest degree possible.

  • affirmativediversity Jul 15, 2011

    The way our country and economy is heading, there will be a lot more of them on the road. They aren't wasting fuel, tearing up the road, and polluting the enviroment to the degree those big SUV are. RebelYell55


    So we should all stop driving cars, trucks and SUV's and go back to the horse and buggy...
    Personally, if I wanted to live in a third world country or have a third world country standard of living I'll move to a third world country...
    I think I prefer just to vote the present Progressive bums out of office and work to get this great country back on track!

    Mopeds are dangerous...not just for the rider but for all the other people in all the other vehicles that have to dodge and avoid them...their drivers rarely have licenses and most often have had them revoked do to a criminal infraction....they pay NO road taxes or tag fees...so don't contribute, in anyway, to the cost of construction, repairs or maintenance...SUV's DO!

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 15, 2011

    July 15, 2011 5:46 p.m
    You got that right! With more people mode of travel being walking or others, you surely would expect that a busy person traveling our great state would be honor bound to look out for the other person. To slow down and take maybe less than a minute in worse case to pass safely. To do what is required to operator the vehicle safely and not thinking it's ok to multitask. Before they start, yes I'm guilty of doing the same, but I'm not to old to learn better habits so I don't kill someone.

  • parichar77 Jul 15, 2011

    Scooter riders can ride in the middle of the lane (like everyone else) if they are capable of traveling at the minimum speed for the road (most 35 MPH and lower roads do not have a minimum). I would never ride my scooter on an interstate, but local roads are fine. We all need to pay attention when we drive. If you can't see a scooter, you wouldn't be able to see other things like pedestrians, bicycles, deer, and other obstacles. Why should scooter riders have to suffer because drivers don't want to take responsibility for driving safe. I have been passed many times on my scooter while I was going 5-10 MPH over the speed limit. And often it is in traffic, where the car gained nothing by passing me. I catch up at the next light. The most dangerous thing on the road today IMO is people who drive while talking on the cell phone or texting.

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 15, 2011

    A Moped on I-95 ? Are you out of your mind ? ...... sorry to hear of the bad news but Mopeds have no business on major interstates. I don't even like seeing them on major roads here in Raleigh.

  • bonnnie Jul 15, 2011

    The state needs to crack down on the moped/scooter riders, they hog the roads which puts them in jepordy. Laws need to be enforced. Lots of these riders should have insurance and be registered BUT THEY ARENOT!!!!

  • musthavecoffee Jul 15, 2011

    So, are you telling me people on I-95 are ALLOWED to drive 40 MPH? Seriously, motorists going that slow ought to be pulled over. People complain about people driving too fast, but it is those that are driving too slow that are more likely to cause an accident.

  • GeorgiaPeach70 Jul 15, 2011

    It is time for North Carolina to step up to the plate and pass a law about these moped riders! They need a law that will state, "if riding a moped stay to the right of the lane" or something to that effect. BUT! North Carolina law makers would need state funding in order to make and get the law passed. HA! So much for that happening...