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Moped victim in critical condition

Published 10:06pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A North Carolina man remained in critical condition Tuesday night after being involved in a Monday accident while riding a moped on Carolina Road.

Charles Anthony Joyner, 51, of Edenton, was airlifted by Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries that were considered life-threatening, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said.

According to preliminary investigation, 23-year-old Gene Raymond Williams Jr., also of Edenton, was traveling southbound in the 4300 block of Carolina Road about 10:30 p.m. when he saw a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction with its high beams on.

Williams flashed its lights to get the vehicle to dim its headlights, according to Klink. When it did, Williams saw the moped coming toward him.

It struck the front of Williams’ 2003 Dodge Ram. The truck then ran off the roadway to the left and struck several trees before coming to a stop.

Joyner and the moped both landed in the ditch on the northbound side of the road.

Williams was taken to Sentara Obici Hospital with minor injuries, Klink added.

The roadway was closed throughout the night so that officers could investigate the accident. It reopened at 6 a.m.

  • suffolklady

    I am sorry that this accident happened and I sincerely hope that Mr. Joyner will be okay. However, the number of Mopeds (unregistered and uninsured) on the highway is becoming an increasing problem, in my opinion. They travel down the road as if they belong in traffic, but who is responsible when they are involved in an accident? No doubt it is the driver of the car/truck who actually has insurance. I realize that gas prices are probably the impetus for the increase in the Mopeds, but they are not motorcycles and are not subject to the same laws, apparently. I have even seen young drivers on the highway and have suspected that they do not have a drivers license. I am afraid that we will begin to see more accidents involving Mopeds.

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    • Lovebug

      I may be wrong in saying this but its my understanding that a drivers license is not needed to own and operate a Moped. I know two people who own them because they have DUIs and in order to drive a vehicle they are required to have the breathing thing installed which costs close to $1000 not counting the monthly service fee over $100.

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      • suffolklady

        I’m sure you are probably correct, but there needs to be more regulation, regardless. I was on Nansemond Pkwy. one evening after dark traveling at 45 mph. I rounded the curve and came upon a Moped traveling at about 25 mph in the middle of the road. The backlights on the Mopeds are very small. This was a potentially dangerous situation.

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      • Lovebug

        I totally agree. Further I feel that if someone has a DUI and requires one of the breath things then these mopeds need to be registered and someone with a DUI should NOT be allowed to register one unless that can be placed on them. Same concept, they can still drive a moped drunk!

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      • Savannah Gal

        The only requirement for operating a moped is you have to be old enough to obtain your license., no license is even necessary. Here are the VA DMV info:


        Virginia Code section 46.2-100 defines a moped as a vehicle that:

        travels on three wheels or less,
        has a seat that is no less than 24 inches in height, measured from the ground to the middle of the seat, and
        has a gasoline, electric, or hybrid motor that displaces less than 50 cubic centimeters.


        Operation of mopeds on any Interstate Highway System is prohibited by Virginia Law. Operation of mopeds on highways and public vehicular areas by persons under age 16 is prohibited by Virginia law.
        No moped shall be driven on any highway or public vehicular area faster than 35 miles per hour. Operating a moped faster than 35 miles per hour is deemed by Virginia law to be operating a motorcycle, which requires you to title and register the moped as a motorcycle and obtain a motorcycle license.
        Moped riders must carry some form of identification that includes name, address, and date of birth.
        Although you do not need a driver’s license to operate a moped, you may not operate a moped if you have been declared a habitual offender or your license is suspended or revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
        Moped drivers are required to abide by the same traffic laws and regulations as automobile drivers. Detailed information on Virginia’s traffic laws and regulations is available in the Driver’s Manual. In addition, certain local governments may impose restrictions on moped operation. Violations of the moped laws are considered a traffic infraction and convictions will appear on your driving record.
        All DUI laws apply to mopeds operated on public highways.

        Additional Information

        You may also want to review the Motorcycle Operator Manual. Information specific to moped safety is available online as well.

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      • suffolklady

        Thanks for sharing, Savannah Gal. That is helpful information.

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