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Raleigh man, 39, dies in mo-ped crash

Posted November 24, 2009

— A Raleigh man died Monday night after a vehicle hit the back of his mo-ped and he was ejected, according to troopers.

The crash happened on Interstate 540 west near Leesville. Bently Cornell Foreman, 39, died from his injuries, authorities said.

Timothy Sean Williams, 39, from Wake Forest, told authorities that he did not see the mo-ped and hit it from behind, troopers said. Charges were pending.


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  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Nov 24, 2009


    Great editing!

  • frosty Nov 24, 2009

    A moped is not allowed on an interstate highway like a bicycle. If a "moped" has a big enough engine and is fast enough it is not a moped but a scooter and the same laws as motorcycles apply. I do hope WRAL gets the terminology right. The press tends to get sloppy about those things. And it is important if not to them.

    Charges pending could mean anything too I guess. Or maybe it is verbal shorthand for "we haven't a clue".

  • Tax Man Nov 24, 2009

    You can't drive a moped on 540 - are the "pending charges" against the decedent? Need some real facts here. If the fool tried to ride a real moped on a freeway he was doomed to failure! Sorry for his demise, but what about common sense?

  • jet2rdu Nov 24, 2009

    The Hyosung SF50 scooter is made in South Korea. It has a top speed rating of 45 MPH with a 3.5 HP 49cc engine.

  • NCStatePack Nov 24, 2009

    a 49cc scooter will take you up to around 40 mph downhill... still doesnt belong on an interstate.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Nov 24, 2009

    Dustmaker, that is helpful. I'll take your word for it and pass along that a quick google search says that is a 49cc engine. I don't know how fast that goes, but I suspect not fast enough to belong on 540, and slow enough that (for good reason) no license or registration is required.

  • Da Toy Maker Nov 24, 2009

    In New York State, you will see Signs stating Mopeds, Pedestrians, and no-motorized vehicles are prohibited on Freeways. I don't see any down here (Moved down here 16+ yr ago). Also don't see any sign stating the minimum speed on Interstate down here either. Had to admit that I did not pay close attention to the Drivers'handbook on the regarding subjects though.

  • djofraleigh Nov 24, 2009

    I rode a Triumph 650cc on the highways from 1962 to 1968, and I rode fast, no helmet, no sense, but it was a rural area in the mountains.

    Won't be long until health care will limit bikers and scooters.

  • kingtee76 Nov 24, 2009

    As everyone else stated, mo-peds on ANY street are a nuisance, however, a man lost his life. As much as i hate getting stuck behind one, i have the patience to wait till i have an oppurtunity to get from behind them when i get a chance. I do realize that EVERYONE cannot afford a car and still have to get from point A to B. Point being, everytime ANYONE of us is operating a motor vehicle, it is our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings...And as far as charges being filed, ANYTIME you hit someone from behind, 90% of the time, YOU are at fault, and in this situation someone lost their life, so there is obviously more to the story/police report/witness statements, than WRAL knows

  • Dustmaker Nov 24, 2009

    The vehicle in question was an Hyosung SF50.