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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An accident late Monday night on Highway 74 claimed the life of 38-year-old Mark Mooring of Wilmington. Mooring was riding a moped that collided with a semi.

Moped dealer Michael Gary said, “He came out of there and lost it, may have had a flat tire or something and it put him over there, I don’t think he intentionally ran across that traffic.”

The Highway Patrol believes Mooring, who was not licensed, merged into the left lane and into the right rear section of a semi-trailer. Typical moped accidents do not involve the bikes hitting other vehicles.

New legislation aimed at registering the small motor bikes and their riders is moving forward in Raleigh. Local dealers like the idea but don’t think it will prevent accidents.

Larry O’Donnell, who owns a scooter shop said, “I don’t think it’s really going to affect the safety, it’s up to the operator of the scooter to be aware of his surroundings and know his vehicle. Most of the time it’s human error.”

O’Donnell does think the new legislation will help reduce theft. He says, “They’re really easy to steal, you just pick one up, go throw it in the truck if you want, most of the time they are never recovered.”

Mopeds and scooters are big sellers right now because of high gas prices but, it’s rider beware, there are hazards and you cannot operate one while drinking.

The Highway Patrol believes the driver of the semi may be unaware that he was in a collision. If you have any information about this accident contact the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

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  • Guest910

    I can not fathom why it is STILL LEGAL to drive mopeds on our NC roads!! Keep them on the BEACH ROADS ONLY!!! They are such a SAFETY HAZARD on our roads and in the event of an accident, MOPED GUILTY EVERYTIME!!!! GET THEM OFF OUR ROADS!!

  • GuestTBagger

    Hey nctrooper1072, you said well! Posters like Abby are the reason that I am thankful to Providence for my own dear wife!

  • Vog46

    Nicely laid out explanation.
    So basically there’s a whole bunch of vehicles out there that are bigger than 50cc, fully automatics that are capable of speeds of 50 to 60 mph?
    That would make the scooter a motorcycle…..
    And if it’s a motorcycle – it has the right to occupy the entire travel lane instead of the right side of the road?
    License tags and insurance all required…..
    So the MC-150E requires all that because its over 50cc:


    (Thanks again)

  • Guesttenheimer

    Three basic rules defined by the DMV are required to put a vehicle in the “moped or scooter” category, they are:
    -Must have an engine displacement of 50cc or less.
    -Must have fully automatic transmission. The rider must not have the ability to manually shift gears.
    -Top speed is limited to a maximum of 30 mph on a level surface.

    If ANY of these three criteria do not exist, the vehicle is classified as a motorcycle and requires the full gamut of laws associated with such to include:
    -Valid Drivers License with a class “M” endorsement.
    -Formal registration with the NCDMV and display of a license plate.
    -Liability insurance.
    -State mandated safety inspection.

    There are plenty of scooters out there outside of these laws and subject the rider to a whole host of tickets and fines. The police don’t pay any attention and don’t seem to care. If you are ever involved in an accident with one of these, force the officer to verify the scooter is not over 50cc’s. It’s normally stamped on the engine cases. Best to take a picture if possible. He/she could be in full vioation of applicable DMV law.

  • My personal opinion from expirience.. LEO has other issues than worrying about freaking mopeds.. 50cc 150cc or otherwise.. However the law needs to focus on them regarding the 30 mph speed limit on flat surfaces ( mine does 75 down hill shussssh! ) Make sure the rider complies with the .08 BAC tolerance.. And basic rules as a car or truck under 24K GVWR regarging NCGS 20-150 rules.. Dont be hatin ..And dont hate it when a 150cc moped leaves ur @## sittin in the dust.. I have 3 .. My bad
    With upgrades even.. Its a game called>> Dont get caught.. Nuff said

  • Tmb

    Who cares what his records show. He was a son and a brother and a friend and a joy to everyone who knew him. We all make bad decisions and mistakes in life, YOU INCLUDED. Do not judge others unless you are the one on the throne beside The Father. Mark made the best of his situation and was living his life. Now is not the time to bring up the bad. It is the time to remember the good and let his family grieve for him. If you can’t be supportive of that just keep your comments to yourself.

  • Abby. Glad Im not married to you. Ur annoying and display an ignorant approach to something U dont know CHIT about.. Maybe one day< I'll pull a moped outta ur wind shield .. Then ask, "wazzup?"

  • Guest215

    Thank you!!!! He was an amazing, funny, hardworking man that would do anything for anyone especially his gabby!

  • Guest215

    I really couldn’t have said this any better… I tried…but your words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. My family and myself thank you for this.

  • Vog46

    A Moped is limited in size to about a 50cc motor and is governed to go only 30/35 mph?

    A scooter (or Moped/Scooter as I’ve seen) can go up to 150cc and are not governed giving them higher top speeds?
    Is that right?
    IF the vehicle is capable of going 55 mph is the scooter required to run on the right side of the lane or can it stay in the middle, like an automobile?
    Back in the 60s it was a Vespa or something like that that I rode in Vietnam. Thought it was fun….


  • Derek

    I was in Wilmington some years ago trying to get things together, I was struggling with drug addiction and was making a sincere effort to get clean. I had no place to live and all the other results of the choices I had made. I ran into Mark Mooring a friend from school. This guy sat with me listened to my story. He allowed me to stay in his home and fed me until I could get on my feet…….

    Now I have been clean over six years. I help lead worship at my church. I also preach on the weekends at the local jail helping other guys like me to find redemption. I owe my progress to people like Mark Mooring who didnt judge me and allowed me to feel human again. We read about the life of Jesus and he was approachable, loving, kind and generous. The doctor came for the sick not the “healed”. He hung out with guys like Mark and I. Mark called me out of the blue last week and we talked about the lord Jesus and I told him all of what I am doing. That day I ran into Mark he was storing up his treasure in heaven. God bless Mark Mooring, friends and family.

  • Reality

    A simple background check on this individual will reveal a vast and long history of multiple DUI’s and even failures to stop for police as well as possesion of a weapon of mass destruction. Go check NC department of corrections offender search site and see for yourself. Matter of fact he was actively under supervision by probation/parole. So, the lesson here is that if you take multiple risks to your and others’ lives, you may be forced to operate a moped as a means of transportation. This can result in death and or injury on major highways, and that’s if you are driving them sober. Given Mark’s past recidivism with driving under the influence, I would not be shocked to find out once again he was exorcising his long documented urge to continue to operate a motorized vehicle under the influence. Such a shame…

  • Not Surprised

    I’m sure that everyone writing here is sad for the man who hit the guy on the moped and sad for the man who was killed on the moped, but we can’t just not talk about what happened. We must figure out how to prevent this from happening again! The fact is that NO mopeds should be allowed on ANY roads that don’t have A SHOULDER, if the speed limit is 45 MPH or more! This goes for bicycles, too. Also, they should NOT be allowed to ride their mopeds after dark EVER!!! They go so slow that, before you know it, you’re on top of them! Dow Road in Carolina & Kure Beach, College & Carolina Beach Roads in Wilmington, or any major highway or interstate where you’ve got cars IN TRAFFIC going faster than the moped/bike is a death trap and an accident waiting to happen. I’ve heard the argument that people who have lost their drivers licenses need to work, too; FINE! But then, let them find jobs they can get to without getting out on the major/no-shoulder roads; let them take the bus; or let them get a ride to work from family/friends. Otherwise, too bad! NHC leaders should be ashamed for not thinking this through better.

  • Carteret county

    Mark was a son of carteret county where throughout his brief life touched hundreds upon hundreds of different lives with his special brand of wit, humor and awesomeness. All of you self righteous diarrhea mouthed public safety experts are pathetic. You were not fortunate enough in your boring little worker bee lives to know mark, that dude lived more in a week than most of you will live in a lifetime so shut your pie holes. Nobody asked for any second rate opinions from third rate citizens of new Hanover county.

  • Kim

    I am so shocked and saddened by the loss of this precious life. I will pray for his family and friends who will miss him so much. He was such a joy to be around and always made people smile. He was so friendly and kind hearted and loved everyone. I knew Mark personally and it saddens me that people always try to find the negative in a person’s life, especially in a time like this. I am saddened at the possibility of his parents reading the negative that some felt they needed to post. I am also saddened that some would try and point the finger at the truck driver, as I agree he probably had no idea he had hit anything. I am also certain that a gust of wind is what probably could have caused the swerve and that there is no one to blame. The thing I do know is that no matter what happens in life, God has a plan for all of us. He had precious plans for Mark and blessed this world with his presence. He has left behind a wonderful family who will miss him dearly. I am so thankful that God allowed me to know Mark and I know that no matter what choices Mark may have made in life, he made mistakes just like everyone else who has walked this earth has made. No one is perfect, we are all born sinners. I am thankful that we are loved by a loving God who forgives all sins, as we should. Thank you Mark for the smiles we shared. Thank you God for a promise of Heaven through your son, Jesus. An angel has been called home. Rest in peace Mark.

  • anne

    I believe that mopeds should have the same requirements as an automobile has to have – tags, insurance, etc. Although they have the reputation as “liquor cycles”, many are turning to mopeds for the convenience and for the gas mileage. With that being said, if they are allowed to run on roads, especially highways where people are driving at faster speeds, then they should be required to be registered just like an automobile is.

    If I have an accident with one – their fault – and they are not covered by insurance, who pays? I do.

  • Guest215

    All I can do I pray for the people on here that are arguing about mopeds being allowed on the roads.. I knew mark and loved him dearly and reading these comments make me sick because no one here knows him or his situation. He lost his life!!! But that doesn’t matter, all that matters is mopeds shouldn’t be on the road because we are all inconvenienced by them. No one knows the circumstances of why anyone is on them. So no one should be judging because I’m pretty sure you have no room to do so. I can only hope that when some of you lose a friend or family member that you don’t run across a place like this and read mean and hurtful things. Do us all a favor and keep your mouth shut when you don’t have the facts. Thanks. -heartbroken friend

  • John

    I’m a responsible adult.
    I have a couple cars and valid license
    I own a scooter.
    Purchased primarily to scoot around garage sales on Saturdays
    Also purchased because its unregulated,in these days and times very few motorized forms of transportation exist that the government does not have their hand in your pocket — you buy the scooter,wear a helmet,put gas in it and that’s it.
    Think gas is pricey now? Think about after a bad storm where gas is rationed and supplies limited or bad trouble in the Middle East how valuable is a cheap,efficient mode of motorized transportation?

    Get your ducks in a row folks because its not always gonna be a sub 5 buck gas – have options

  • Tina Roberts

    RIP Mark. I am so shocked that this has happened. Gone at such a young age. You will be deeply missed my dear friend.

  • Spell Check Before You Send…

    What’s a shame is your inability to spell “exercising” correctly.

    He was a good man, and this was a tragic accident. If you have a clear point to make on the matter, make sure you don’t ignore spell check next time.

  • who cares

    Wow is all I can say. One man is dead and there is a family out there hurting right now and all some of you can do is agrue over hating mopeds and why some of you think they are on them. Everyone has a story to tell and the sad thing about this one is Mark Mooring’s story is over no matter what his reason is for being on a moped. Get a life and agrue over something else and let this man’s family heal.

  • Guesttenheimer

    Crossing the lines of any of those 3 rules makes for a total change of game with a whole new set of liabilities to the rider. There are scooter manufacturers and dealers of this Chinese junk that intentionally cloak the scooter to make it “appear” that it is in compliance.
    It isn’t hard to tell when you pace them at 50 to 60 mph. Most of the police are too busy texting while driving to pay attention.

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