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Scooter driver killed in collision with school bus

Posted March 19, 2013

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— A Clayton man died early Tuesday when his motor scooter collided with a Wake County school bus in Raleigh, police said.

The crash happened about 6:15 a.m. at the intersection of Chapel Hill and Edwards Mill roads. Raleigh police said the bus driver, Jimmie Eberhart, 65, of Cary, was trying to make a left turn onto Edwards Mill Road when his bus collided with the scooter, driven by Joe Cephus Shelton III, 41, of the 100 block of Allison Way.

Police said the scooter did not have its headlight on.

No children were on the bus at the time, school officials said. The crash closed both eastbound lanes of Chapel Hill Road for about two hours.

Police said the crash remains under investigation and the results will be discussed with the Wake County District’s Attorney’s Office.
 

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  • OzzzMan Mar 20, 2013

    Keep the school buses off the highway(540 & 440), too. They are rolling road blocks everyday.

  • djofraleigh Mar 20, 2013

    I like the idea of having cheap, no tag, no insurance trans available, but it is risky ride. Had the police seen the rider with no headlight, he could have been stopped. I see bike riders without lights regularly just after dark. The bus driver didn't see the bike and didn't see the bike because it didn't have lights on the dark...Daylight Saving time didn't help this rider out...

  • They call me CATMAN Mar 20, 2013

    All you giving me slack for my comment I was trying to get across I don't care if you are on a road witha posted speed limit of 45 and the scooter at to speed can only at top speed go 35 then why are you on the road and many of the roads are only 1 lane each way at times it is impossible to pass and your stuck behind someone for miles.

  • jdo823 Mar 20, 2013

    All gasoline powered scooters should registered and should required motorcycle driver license to operate.

  • andreanicole686 Mar 20, 2013

    Mopeds should not be allowed on the road especially a highway period!

  • 426X3 Mar 20, 2013

    Very sorry for the Moped operator, but as long as these vehicles are allowed to operate without obeying motor vehicle laws then more accidents and fatalities will occur.

  • smcallah Mar 20, 2013

    "Yes, it's not the law to maintain a minimum speed there. However, if you are one of those drivers that's doing 25 in a 50, you are the problem. Traffic expects to move at or about the speed limit, and a moped, bicycle or slow moving vehicle is unexpected and can be more dangerous than any speeder."

    And yet, it doesn't matter how other people feel about that situation. A slow moving vehicle is NOT unexpected if you PAY ATTENTION to what is out in front of you and not to the car's bumper you are tailgating.

  • Red Green Mar 20, 2013

    “I come up 64 in the morning and the posted speed limit is 45 and the scooter is moving at 30 and at full speed. Why is it on that road.” They call me CATMAN

    Hmmmm, let us ponder the possibilities. This might seem like a stretch but maybe the person riding it needs to get to work and that happens to be the road that gets them there. Cut them some slack, they probably don’t know it’s your own private road.

  • jkling Mar 20, 2013

    Because Mopeds CANT do the speed limit, is exactly why they shouldn't be on main roads. They should be restricted to bicycle routes, frankly.

    smcallah - "The speed limit is the MAXIMUM speed you are supposed to go. Not the minimum. No matter how upset you get, people don't have to go the speed limit or over it. "

    Yes, it's not the law to maintain a minimum speed there. However, if you are one of those drivers that's doing 25 in a 50, you are the problem. Traffic expects to move at or about the speed limit, and a moped, bicycle or slow moving vehicle is unexpected and can be more dangerous than any speeder.

    I'd rather be alive wrong, than dead right.

  • common tater Mar 20, 2013

    If you are going to share the road with cars, then everyone should live by the same rules...lights front/rear, inspections, license, registration, taxes, and insurance. Simple enough.

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