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Man, 50, dies following scooter wreck in west Fayetteville

Posted July 24, 2013

— A 50-year-old man died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center late Tuesday after being injured in a wreck near the intersection of Brighton and Raeford roads, Fayetteville police said. 

According to investigators, Jerry George was driving a scooter east on Raeford Road about 10 p.m. when he ran into the right side of a Chrysler Crossfire that was turning left onto Brighton Road. 

Police have charged Erica McMillian, 33, of Fayetteville, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and unsafe movement. Investigators said McMillian was driving east on Raeford Road before attempting to turn onto Brighton Road. 

No other information about the wreck was released.

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  • melaniekohr Jul 25, 2013

    No sorry scooters shouldn't be outlawed. They are no worse than bicycles. People need to stop texting and driving, hang up the phone and drive, and pay more attention. I know the guy that died in this accident. I am not saying they are not hard to see, but that means you need to pay very close attention when you are driving. I can't imagine how upset the lady is that hit my friend. My heart goes out to her as well. Bottom line...not a whole lot of difference between a scooter and a motorcycle, or a Smart Car for that matter.

  • Combat MP Jul 25, 2013

    I live in and drive these roads in Fayetteville. The arguement that the scooter operators have the same rights as cars/trucks and motorcycles is valid. They do, however the scooters I see don't follow the rules of the road. Drive any where, direction and speed they want to. Stoplight Stop sign, these scooters will blow by you on the rightside, leftside, ride down the middle of the lanes, helments not on correctly, total disregard for traffic laws. I feel sorry for this guy losing his life. At night, these things are hard to spot, especially if his/her equipment is not functioning correctly. IMO the scooters need licenses/inspections and licensed operators. We call them drunkmobiles for a reason.

  • loj68 Jul 24, 2013

    "I'm sorry for this guy, and I don't know the road, but scooters are becoming a pain. I saw a girl on 70 this morning almost get whacked multiple times because she was going so slow on her scooter, on the left side of the fast lane in rush hour. There wasn't enough space to safely go around her. It's the same as a car, if you can't keep up with the flow of traffic, get off the main part of the road. Pedal bicyclists at least stay to the far right (ones I have driven by)."

    Sorry, this is not a problem with scooters or bikes, it is a problem with drivers and their ignorance of the law. Neither scooters nor bikes have any obligation to get over to the right for others to pass. They are legally entitled to the entire lane and cars should stay back and slow down until there's a safe place to pass as you would any other vehicle. It is the cars that make these situations dangerous and the cars that need to be more careful.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 24, 2013

    "These things need to be outlawed. There is absoultely no reason for them to be on the road, none." -- Obamacare rules

    Yes, automobile drivers like this should be jailed for being outlaws and they have no place on the public roads.

    How callous of you to ignore current road laws and on top of that, discard an entire segment of the population, because they are not driving cars like you.

    Something tells me your golo handle does not show support for Obama's healthcare plan, am I right?

  • jreesnc Jul 24, 2013

    Simple question. Where does it say that everything has to leap out of the way for people in cars?
    Where?
    You are all sitting on what amounts to comfy sofa in an air conditioned cocoon, and you all expect everything, not just scooters, but bikes and pedestrians to just give way no matter where you drive. Be it a parking lot, a local street or at an intersection where you are trying to turn right on red and there are annoying pedestrians 'in your way'

    Public roads are public resources for all manner of movement. They are not closed race courses. You want to drive un interrupted on a marshaled, closed course? I suggest you head up to VIR and rent some track time for your need for speed.

  • NCHighlander Jul 24, 2013

    These things need to be outlawed. There is absoultely no reason for them to be on the road, none.

    They're the only source of transportation for convicted drunk drivers. Do an offender search on some of these victims. They have their license revoked often for numerous drunk driving charges.

  • JennyB Jul 24, 2013

    I'm sorry for this guy, and I don't know the road, but scooters are becoming a pain. I saw a girl on 70 this morning almost get whacked multiple times because she was going so slow on her scooter, on the left side of the fast lane in rush hour. There wasn't enough space to safely go around her. It's the same as a car, if you can't keep up with the flow of traffic, get off the main part of the road. Pedal bicyclists at least stay to the far right (ones I have driven by).

  • notkidding Jul 24, 2013

    "Scooters need to be registered, insured, and inspected."

    I agree - any motorized vehicle traveling on public roads should be. It just makes sense.

  • loj68 Jul 24, 2013

    "Scooters need to be registered, insured, and inspected."

    No, they certainly do not. There are not enough of them nor are there so many problems with them that they require any more regulation. We need to keep them cheap and easy so they can provide transportation for those with financial or parking challenges.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 24, 2013

    "If both the moped and the car were traveling east and the car was turning left, I don't see how the impact could have been on the right side of the car."
    justabumer

    Magic impact theory?

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