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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  • by welll on Dec 6, 2008 at 03:02 PM
    i suppose if the moped driver was traveling on the same road and got hit in 'plain sight' the truck driver could be charged. if the moped somehow pulled out in front of him or was riding on the side of the road then decided to get in the middle of the road, i dont think he should be charged. i agree for the safety of everyone that the mopeds need to be against the law on roads over 35mph. this man died a terrible death, and this could be prevented in the future with stricter laws. alot of moped drivers are not conscientious of others, and slow down traffic. this combined with the fact that theres nothing between the moped driver and the road makes a dangerous situation.
  • by interested reader Location: ECU on Dec 5, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    Honestly I think this story needs to prompt for a revision in the laws that govern the sale, distrobution, and operation of a moped. Mopeds are becoming all the more common for the explicit reason that you do not have to get a license to ride it. In many states, you need to and some you can even be charged with DUI on a scooter/moped. If anyone has seen the TV show Scrubs they poked fun at the Washington version of this law in one of the Episodes. This fault is all to common now days because people think "Hey, this has an engine on it, ill ride it and be safer than on a motorcycle and I dont need a permit for it." WRONG! Your actually safer riding a Motorcycle safely than you ever will be on a Moped for the reason that a motorcycle actually can keep up with traffic patterns. I say, that if 4-wheelers and Dirt bikes, both of which have more adequate safety standards and are fast enough to be on the road cant go, then a Moped should not be allowed. Prayrs to the family
  • by mullet Location: belhaven on Dec 4, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    first let me say my prays go out to all involved. i drove a 18 wheeler for 20 years an out of all that time and miles i only had the **** scared out of me 2 times both with mopeds not a good feeling to pop around a curve weighing 78000 to 80000 and u running 50-55 mph and there is a moped going 35 and u meeting another car what do u do cross center line hit car run off in the ditch or woods or hit the moped well i sure not crossing the center and not hitting ditch or woods and take a chance on killing me so moped better hit ditch or get hit. not my fault they lost there license i think they should be out lawed. if u hit one weather u or them the blame u have to fix your car they cant why you ask no ins we the only state that has them i my self think they sould be done away with or at least get ins
  • by TOOL84LUV Location: GRIFTON on Dec 4, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    I AM SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF THE PERSON DRIVING THE MOPED... IAM SORRY FOR THE VICTIM AND ALSO THE DRIVER... I KNOW HE MUST BE DEEPLY TORTURED BY THIS. HWY 11 HAS A SPEED LIMIT OF 60 ...NO ONE ON A MOPED OR BYCYCLE SHOULD BE ON THIS MAJOR AND BUSY CORRIDOR BETWEEN GREENVILE AND KINSTON....MANY MAY NOT KNOW IT WAS DARK ALSO ... IDONT KNOW WHY HE WAS CHARGED AS IT WILL RESULT IN A WASTE OF TAX PAYERS MONEY.IRREGARDLESS OF WHAT CIRCUMSTNCES CAUSED THIS INDIVIDUAL TO BE ON THIS BUSY ROAD AT THIS TIME OF BUSY TRAFFIC... HE MADE A TERRIBLE DECISION. NO ONE SHOULD BE ON THIS ROAD DRIVING BYCYCLES OR MOPEDS...IRONCICALLY ENOUGH YOU READERS MAY NOT KNOW THIS BUT LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AGO A YOUNG MAN WAS KILLED BY A BREAD TRUCK ALMOAT A HALF A MILE UP THE ROAD. HE TO WAS PEDALING IN THE EARLY MORNING ...STILL DARK.LIGHTS FLASHING AT DARK IT IS HARD TO SEE. I ONLY HOPE THIS WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE USING THIS TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE..
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    None of us can conclude what actually happened here however tragic it is. No one wins. I have ridden motorcycles that do require insurance, registration and so forth. Even with all this it comes down to two things you learn; first always assume the car at an intersection never sees you period. They will pull out in front of you. That will keep you alive. Secondly, drive you moped, bike or motorcycle with some sense. If you are riding down 264 in the middle of the road, going slow, eventually someone will not see you and you may be injured. You are assuming they see you when they probably didn't, see rule#1 above. I once came close to hitting one on river road. He was in the middle of the right lane during 5 pm rush hour. When the SUV infront of me changed into the left lane. There he was, just that quick. The driver behind the SUV had already closed the gap so hope the brakes work. Also, it had gotten darker so he wasn't easy to see. He had no action plan to protect himself.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    Well why are they allowed on hwy 11?? Any electric vehicle that goes 25MPH is not allowed on any road that is greater than 35MPH there is a 10MPH limit above if mopeds go 35 then they should not be allowed on any road more than 45MPH I think this law needs to change, but only the ones that make sense are the laws that never get changed.
  • by Billy Location: Greenville on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    Well they charged him but for doing what exactly? Just because the moped rider died might be the reason but we want to know what they truck driver did to be charged??
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    I have said it before, and I will say it again. The public highway should be for insured, licensed vehicles operated by licensed drivers. Mopeds, bicycles, gocarts,skateboards,fourwheelers,and ignorant pedestrians that dont know how to get off the roadway are all hazards . They usually come out the loser against trucks and cars.
  • by Just me Location: Plymouth on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    I didn't see anything in the report to state what the driver of the truck did to make him at fault....just that he had been charged. I'm just curious what he did or was doing wrong to be charged. My prayers go out to both families involved.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    Here's a suggestion- Ban mopeds from major roads. And just how, in their feeble little minds, can the Highway Patrol charge this guy? Isn't there an ongoing investigation? The moped rider wasn't exactly a pillar in the community, or did the race card play into this?
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