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Troopers: Alcohol Involved in Moped Crash

Posted April 11, 2008

Traffic Accident (generic)

— A moped crash in Johnston County sent the driver to a hospital late Thursday. Alcohol was a factor, authorities said.

John David Culpepper, 42, was driving northeast on Parker Road when he came to an intersection that has a traffic island. Instead of going around the island, he hit it, officials said.

Culpepper was airlifted to WakeMed with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.


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  • PCguy Apr 11, 2008

    My bad... It's 30MPH for a moped, and you do have to wear a helmet.. I can easily do 30MPH on a bicycle...

    Per DMV:
    You must be age 16 or older to operate a moped on North Carolina highways or public vehicular areas. A driver license is not required, and the moped does not have to be registered, inspected or covered by liability insurance. A motorcycle safety helmet is required by law when operating a moped on North Carolina highways. A moped cannot have a motor of more than 50 cubic centimeters, an external shifting device or have the capability of exceeding 30 miles per hour on a level surface.

    In 2001, a change to the moped definition in North Carolina was considered, but no legal action was taken. In 2002, the North Carolina Department of Revenue changed the definition of a moped. The general assembly approved a change in the maximum speed of a moped from 20 mph to 30 mph.

  • mewubbau Apr 11, 2008

    I agree with the comment that finds this at least a little bit humorous. I don't ever wish harm on anybody, but come on what an idiot!
    And a serious question, how fast can mopeds get up to? I really have no clue. Are you required to wear helmets with mopeds? I wonder if this guy had one on?

  • Chuck U Farley Apr 11, 2008

    Joco? Can't anyone use real words anymore?

  • PCguy Apr 11, 2008

    Redneck: If he wasn't given a legal option to ride a 49CC/20MPH moped, he'd have probably been in a car. That's not good...

    Back when I was paying $1.25 for gas, my friends in Germany were paying $6.00. Today, they're paying $6.50.

    Unlike here in the US, everything they need is close to them. Most take public transportation or walk. Mopeds make sense for them. In Germany you can drive a 4 wheeler on the road also...

  • colliedave Apr 11, 2008

    "But occifer that island moved on me."

  • wbfofireman Apr 11, 2008

    I am a volunteer fireman that was at the scene of this call. If those of you that are wondering why the patient was transported via helicopter to a hospital would have been there you would have seen for yourself why he was transported that way. It was obvious the person had severe trauma and thus the call was made to do the air transport. I am sure that if you suffered the same fate regardless of whether alcohol was involved or not that you would have wanted emergency responders to take the same approach. With a situation like this you can see the obvious trauma but there could also be major internal injuries that are not known until CT scans and x-rays are done and time is of the most importance in these instances.

  • Scare Crow Apr 11, 2008

    WCRS235.........you're kidding right? Oh boy, don't drink, drive, or wreck in JOCO. I'd wouldn't want JOCO EMS to put a needle in my arm.

  • commonsensical Apr 11, 2008

    Wondering why he was airlifted. Article states that he has 'non life threatening' injuries; that doesn't fit the criteria required for air transport. As a former EMT - Paramedic, I can most assuredly say that we need to work on increasing salaries for EMTs and paramedics so that we can attract smart, competent people to the profession. In this case, an EMT or paramedic earning less than $35,000 per year made a transport decision that unnecessarily cost the taxpayers (you and me) around $6,000. EMT and paramedic training and testing is a complete joke in NC. This is mostly because the low salaries and 'good ol' boy' politics allow otherwise unemployable individuals to fill these positions, and steer qualified people into jobs where they can actually feed their families. Yes, there are many paramedics that are top-notch, but for every one of those, there are ten more that aren't qualified.

  • Redd Apr 11, 2008

    Okay, this is one of those, its funny but not funny, type deals!!

  • wcrs235 Apr 11, 2008

    see yall talk about this stuff but dont know the real deal i am a emt in joco and we have a standard that we have to follow and i dont know cause i was not there but if there is any type of trauma or something that can worsen him our standard is to put them on a bird aka air ambulance but i do have to agree on the drunk cycle stuff like that and we will prob. have to pay for that ride to wakemed but our standards or protocals tell us that we have to do that so we gotta do that.