Driver, mo-ped rider killed in I-95 wrecks near Fayetteville

Posted September 16, 2011

— Two people were killed early Friday in two separate crashes that shut down part of northbound Interstate 95 in Robeson County. Both crashes involved tractor-trailers, according to the State Highway Patrol. 

The first wreck occurred at mile marker 35 when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of a mo-ped, causing a fire. The mo-ped operator, Roxanne Jones, 37, of Elrod, died, and the truck driver, Keith Green, 51, of Columbia, S.C., escaped unharmed.

There was no word on whether Green could face criminal charges, but state law prohibits mo-peds on interstate highways.

The second wreck, near mile marker 34, occurred as traffic backed up from the first wreck, authorities said.

A vehicle driven by Richard Johnston, 58, of Bronx, N.Y., rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic, authorities said. His wife, Elsa Johnston, died, and he was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton for treatment.

The truck driver, Marvin Garvin, 46, of Rowesville, S.C., was uninjured.


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  • familyfour Sep 20, 2011

    A moped may have a higher top speed, but it is NOT supposed to. They are not allowed on interstates.

    As far jumping on the bash a trucker wagon....

    Well...they have to move's not that hard to give some breathing room. I assure you their goal is to pass and move back over.

    I guess people that pull out in front of 75mph of 80,000 lbs are supposed to have the right of way, too?

    People blame aggressive truckers. How aggressive was the trucker that was stopped and rear ended? Did you see his reverse lights?! :-)

    Why is it so incredibly hard to let fault lie where it should?

  • You Dont Know The Facts Sep 19, 2011

    I was not there, but, I can tell you that just yesterday, I was driving back from GA on I-95 and I was beside a truck and he just put his blinker on and was coming over no matter what and almost clipped my front end with the rear of his trailer. He was speeding down the right lane and I was in the center. He was coming up on another truck and decided he was bigger and I would have to move. So, even though this mo-ped might not have been allowed on the expressway, posters can easily come to the conclusion that the truck driver just might have been ticked off at the mo-ped and was riding his rear OR may plainly may not have seen him. Will not know until all the facts are out in the open. Either way, a man lost his life. So sad.

  • protestthis Sep 16, 2011

    my previous post never made it - but some of these "scooters" have a top speed of 80 mph.. they are no bigger than a moped. if you drive one you have to have a motor cycle lic /insurance/plates.. ect

    If you can drive the speed limit on a roadway and follow the laws there is no reason why you shouldn't be allowed there.

    Now if it was a true moped - with a much lower speed... then it's a diff story

  • Scubagirl Sep 16, 2011

    at least $50.


  • Scubagirl Sep 16, 2011

    No person shall operate a motorcycle or moped upon a highway or public vehicular area unless the operator and all passengers thereon wear safety helmets of a type approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
    A moped should travel using the right–hand side of the lane - To pass a moped, you must stay at least two feet to the left.
    The same DWI laws that apply to the drivers of other motor vehicles also apply to moped operators
    Stay out of traffic, as much as possible.
    Do not share lanes with other vehicles.
    Make sure other drivers can see you - wear light or brightly colored clothing.
    At an intersection, never "squeeze" between parked cars and moving traffic. If possible, install electric turn signals on your moped. Otherwise, be sure to use hand signals when you turn or stop. operating motorcycle without proper license endorsement, or knowlingly permitting an owned vehicle to be so operated, or violating restrictions on graduated licenses will result in a fine of atleast $5

  • dsalter Sep 16, 2011

    They are NOT forbidden on highways, nor any street in NC for that matter, but they certainly should be forbidden on interstates. please read one of my previous posts

    They're saying it is in their updated article. It also shows the names. I remember that the first time this happened a few weeks ago, the truck driver did not face charges. It's horrible that this lady lost her life this way, but she should have been over on US 301 which runs parallel. This was illegal the same as if she had been walking back to traffic in that lane. I'm sure she was dodged a lot of times, but a driver looking off for a split second likely wouldn't catch it...or it could have been a situation where traffic was passing leaving him no place to go. She was just dead wrong.

  • Scubagirl Sep 16, 2011

    Nancy, I could not find anywhere that it's against the law, but did find that it wasn't. I'll happily change what I think if you can let me know where you found that.

  • Nancy Sep 16, 2011

    "There was no word on whether Green could face criminal charges, but state law prohibits mo-peds on interstate highways."

    Seems to me there should be NO charges, the moped driver was breaking the law by being on the interstate.

  • Scubagirl Sep 16, 2011

    "This is why, yes, mopeds are forbidden on the interstate. They can only do about 40 tops.renaissancemon"

    They are NOT forbidden on highways, nor any street in NC for that matter, but they certainly should be forbidden on interstates.
    please read one of my previous posts

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Sep 16, 2011

    "Mopeds are motorized but uninsured, yet they get out on the road like they are a motor vehicle. "

    So what?

    They're more streetworthy than a bike.

    If you try hard not to run over them, all will be OK. I know you can do it!