Highway Patrol identifies driver killed in Monkey Junction moped crash

Moped driver dies in crash on Antoinette Drive (Photo: Kevin Dumas/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Highway Patrol has identified a man who was killed in a moped crash in the Monkey Junction area Friday afternoon.

The accident was on Antoinette Drive around 1 p.m. Friday.

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Tpr. B.R. Phillips says the driver was Kenneth Ray Gerald Baker, 51, of Wilmington.

Phillips says Baker was traveling an estimated speed of 45 to 50 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. He was approaching the curve too fast, Tpr. Phillips said.

Baker had just recently purchased the moped new. Phillips said no modifications had been made to the Genuine Roughhouse R-50, which has the capability of going fast.

Baker’s license was suspended.

Phillips says state law requires mopeds to be driven under 30 miles-per-hour. However, once it is driven over 30 miles-per-hour, it is considered a motor vehicle and requires a license to drive, Phillips said.

This is the second fatality on this road in recent years.