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UPDATED: Driver Charged In Fatal Moped Accident

By: Dave Jordan / Bill Wilson
By: Dave Jordan / Bill Wilson

State troopers have charged the driver of a pickup truck who ran over and killed a Grifton Man Monday night.

59-year-old John Locust was charged Wednesday with death by motor vehicle.

Troopers say Byron Brown of Grifton died in the fiery crash on Highway 11 in Lenoir County. Brown became trapped underneath the pickup truck which then burst into flames.


Wednesday's Update

The name of the person killed in Monday's moped accident has been released.

Highway Patrol Troopers say 49-year-old Byron Brown of Grifton died Monday. Charges are pending against the driver of the truck as troopers are still investigating.

The investigation continues into how the rider got trapped underneath a pickup truck which then burst into flames.

There's not much of left of the moped to make out, except for the handle bars. Troopers say the rider collided with the truck on Highway 11, between Grifton and Kinston.

The bike then burst into flames with the rider trapped underneath. The driver of the truck was able to escape the burning vehicle.

State law doesn't forbid these bikes to be on the highway, but motorcycle safety experts say, since moped can only travel 35 miles per hour or less, it's too dangerous for them be on road with speeds above 45.

The state does not require motorcycle safety courses, license or insurance to ride these types of vehicles the only requirements, that you're over 16 year old and wear a helmet.


Original story:
One person is dead following an accident just north of Kinston on Highway 11.

Law enforcement officials tell WITN a moped and a pickup truck collided around 6:00 p.m. The driver of the moped was killed.

Detours were set up around the accident just south of Grifton. Highway 11 has since re-opened.


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