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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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55 Comments on "UPDATE: Victim identified in deadly moped accident on U.S. 74/76"

2015 years 10 months ago

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

2015 years 10 months ago

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….


2015 years 10 months ago

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!!

2015 years 10 months ago

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

2015 years 10 months ago

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.


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