Moped victim in critical condition

Published 10:06 pm 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.

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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.