NEW INFO: Teen Now Critical After Police Car Collides With Moped

The Highway Patrol says it will re-create Monday morning's accident between a moped and a Greenville police car.

The moped driver, 17-year-old David Haddock, is now in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center. Yesterday the Winterville teen was listed in serious condition.

Questions remain about whether Haddock's moped had its lights on when the collision occurred around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. First Sgt. Marvin Williams with the Highway Patrol says the Greenville Police Master Officer David Lawrence told the responding trooper, he did not see the moped's lights. The accident reconstruction team is looking into whether the moped's lights were operational at the time of the crash.

"We are treating the officer as if he was any other driver," noted First Sgt. Williams.

Greenville police say they are going to conduct their own additional administrative investigation.



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Greenville police say a veteran officer collided with a moped on Highway 11 early Tuesday morning. The Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Greenville police spokesman Sgt. Joe Friday told WITN's Heather King than Master Police Officer David Lawrence collided with the moped on Highway 11 at Reedy Branch Rd. around 3:30 a.m. Sgt. Friday says he was told the moped did not have any lights on.

The driver of the moped was taken to Vidant Medical Center. Troopers say he's been identified at 17 year old David Haddock of Winterville. Vidant Medical Center says Haddock is in serious condition.

As far as Officer Lawrence, Sgt. Friday says he is "physically fine" but is "shaken up emotionally." Friday says Lawrence has been a member of the Greenville Police Department for 22 years. He was headed to his home near Ayden for a meal break when the wreck happened.



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A collision between a Greenville police car and a motorcycle is under investigation, according to the Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday at Highway 11 and Reedy Branch Rd., near Pitt Community College in Winterville. Dispatchers say the call was reported to them as involving a Greenville police car.

One person was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to Winterville fire officials on the scene. Their condition is unknown.

At 5 a.m., a Highway Patrol trooper continued to investigate the accident and had blocked off the southbound lanes of Highway 11 at Reedy Branch Rd., detouring traffic.

We will keep you posted on the detour along with details of the wreck.


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  • by Joyce Location: Grimesland on Mar 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    I know David and have just now heard of this. David you are in my prayers. I just told Cindy and she is upset and you are in her prayers as well. Keep fighting.
  • by Jessica Stancil on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
    I honestly am quite disgusted by reading all these negative comments. There is a HUMAN BEING laying up in the hospital fighting for his life right now. He is a brother, a son, a friend, etc. Before you say something hateful, stop for a second and imagine that he is YOUR loved one. God loves all people no matter what time of night they stay out, what roads they drive on, and what speed. Try to show some love to David and his family, just as God shows love to you. I am praying for David and his family and also the officer.
  • by Brandon Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    Its all the cops fault. My reason for this is very simple. Mopeds lights AUTOMATICALLY turn on first. SECOND, the cop has HEADLIGHTS, so the cop should have been able to see him, UNLESS he was looking at something while driving, like most cops do. Or the cop didnt even have them on. So most likely the cop is lying.
  • by Concerned driver Location: Kinston on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
    WHEN ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TO LEARN YJEY ARE MOT DRIVING A "CAR,TRUCK,BUS,BIG TRUCK,ETC"!!! THEY THINK THEY OWN THE ROAD DRIVING THEIR MOPEDS IN THE CENTER OF THE LANE GOING MUCH SLOWER THAN NORMAL TRAFFIC!! I'M VERY SUPPRISED WE HAVEN'T HEARD OF MORE CRASHES.WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE OUR FOUR WHEELERS ON PUBLIC ROADS,WHY ALLOW THE SLOW BIKES TO DO SO?? HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR OTHERS THAT HAVE THEIR LICENSES AND DRIVE CARS,TRUCKS,NONE THE LESS "PAY TAXES" FOR OUR PUBLIC ROADS!!! I WOULDN'T RIDE A BICYCLE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC ON A BUSY HWY,WHY SHOULD THEY??? PASS A LAW THAT THEY CAN ONLY RIDE ON THE SIDE ON A ROAD AND NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC!!!
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      by Joyce on Mar 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to Concerned driver
      when are people going to see that they have the right of way. He was a sweet sweet boy. If he is in the middle of the road you would and should be able to see him huh??
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    my thoughts and prayers go out to the boy's family as well as the police officer i sure he probably feels terrible. But as far as mopeds go i drive one my self and in my expierence most people just dont pay enough attention.
  • by Nancy Location: Greenville on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    I knw Mr. David I best friends with his sister and his one sister is my cousion. The cop says that he had no lights on the moped. okay the car he was in had lights well he would of been able to see David. i would sue the cop, the lights on the moped came on when he started it. the COP is lieing bout something. he is in a coma and has a broke back. I hope David gets better!!!!!!!!!!
  • by impressed and confused Location: greenville on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    My prayers go to the family. i find it interesting that the state trooper would say," the officer is being investigated just like everyone else". Really, perhaps no one remembers the judge in wayne county that was arrested and charged with a "DUI" and is still on the bench he just cant do DUI cases. Judge Brantley from wayne co. ok'd that. Im sure that this police officer will not be shown any favoritism. RITE.
  • by MC Rider Location: Pitt Co. on Feb 24, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    The truth is, Mopeds (ie: scooters under 50cc) have the right to all public roads except demarcated highways. Yes they are often hard to see, but we as motor vehicle operators are responsible for avoiding collisions. The fact that the Trooper caused this accident is terrible! Unlike any joe citizen, State Troopers are expected by decree to maintain "situational awareness" at all times. The Trooper is in the wrong.. He should be discharged without pay. HE HAS BROKEN HIS PROMISE TO SERVE AND PROTECT! PERIOD. I would bet you a million dollars that if a citizen was the driver they would be cited. Since he is a State Trooper he holds a higher responsibility.. Fired!!! As a 48 year motorcyclist (real motorcycles not those girly cruisers) I have lots of close encounters with car drivers doing stupid things..
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      by Reply to MC Rider on Feb 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM in reply to MC Rider
      The truth is MC Rider apparently did not have to pass any sort of reading test to obtain a motorcycle license. Nowhere in this story does it state that a State Trooper Caused this collision. The SHP is investigating it. It was a Greenville Police Officer who was involved.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    A liscense, registration, taxes, tags, inspections, etc, would not have created a force field around the moped, so drop the "should be liscensed" argument. Oh, and if a 17 year old can serve in the military, pay taxes and be tried as an adult in court then there is no problem with him being out at 3:30 am. God bless the officer and the teenager.
  • by Greg Location: Winterville on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    My prayers are with Officer Lawerence and the Haddock family. I hope that the laws will soon change in regards to mopeds on highways. I too have come close to having and accident with a moped and have witinessed anoth moped incident. Side note: Hwy 11 and Reedy Branch Rd intersection is one of the deadlist intersections in Pitt County. When will enough accidents and lives have to be lost until a stop light would be deployed? Please keep the prayers for both familys and for a change for that intersection.
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      by respectothers on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM in reply to Greg
      I was runnig 55 the other day and a car pulled across the double line and into my lane. I flattened my tires in one spot to keep from hitting them. I have slowed down for a moped before and been inncovenienced but didn't fear my life like then. Everyone thinks their time is more important than anothers it's a real shame what we have become now...
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