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Scooter driver killed in Holly Springs wreck

Posted February 21

— A man driving a scooter was killed Thursday night after colliding with an SUV near the intersection of Avent Ferry Road and Piney Grove Wilbon Road in Holly Springs, police said. 

Officers responded to the area at about 9:20 p.m.

It wasn't clear what caused the wreck, and authorities have not yet released the man's name. 

No charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.


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  • slugolicious Feb 28, 1:42 p.m.

    Over the past week, people have been camping out or just sitting on that corner. Is that why? In support of the scooter driver?

  • jajohnston98 Feb 21, 7:19 p.m.

    I personally knew the scooter driver, no alcohol was involved, the SUV had taken a legal right on red, the scooter had no headlights, thus the SUV driver had not seen him.

  • paradiselost Feb 21, 3:54 p.m.

    Sad but not surprised. I drive this route frequently at night and once met one of these heading towards Avent Ferry road around 11:30 pm. Driver was going hard as he could go, had no illumination or reflectors visible. I was not aware of it's presence until it buzzed by. Sad for all involved.

  • ncmedic201 Feb 21, 3:47 p.m.

    Bicycles aren't regulated either yet they also have a right to use the road. Don't think that just because you drive a car that you are afforded some special privilege that others aren't. Learn to share the road or don't drive.

  • thefensk Feb 21, 3:31 p.m.

    The way the story reads (I know, their stories are not always accurate) the scooter collided with the SUV, not the other way around. Most scooter drivers are primarily a danger to themselves. Was he wearing a helmet? Was he going faster than 30? That is the theoretical maximum for "scooters" ... if they can go faster than 30 they are supposed to be motorcycles and be registered/insured/require a license. The state settled on engine size as the determining factor.
    The biggest question ... was alcohol involved?

  • packfan1752 Feb 21, 2:42 p.m.

    Not surprised. Numerous scooters drive that road to get to the ABC store. I have seen many times that the person driving a scooter is clearly inebriated. I wouldn't be surprised if this guy was drunk while driving the scooter.

    I agree, Scooters should not be allowed on the road as they are not regulated, insured, and most importantly they are not safe.

  • RI Yankee Feb 21, 2:28 p.m.

    These death traps do not belong on our roads. They cannot get out of their own way. They are not registered and most operators do not have a license. If you have a DUI you shouldn't be allowed to drive anything on our streets. take a bus or LPC's. (Leather Personnel Carriers)

  • armada08 Feb 21, 2:16 p.m.

    My first question I would like to ask the first responders to this accident would be what was the man wearing that was driving the Scooter?!? I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they were to say dark clothing, no bright orange/reflective vest! The accident occurred at 9:20pm, it is dark, those scooters are hard to see in the daylight, even harder to see in the dark!!! More regulation is needed for these vehicles!!

  • Whosays Feb 21, 1:08 p.m.

    Yes college kids, kids and children drive scooters, I pray for them every time I see them.

  • dbop90 Feb 21, 11:52 a.m.

    I agree 100% with Mack24