Fatal moped accident brings light to regulations
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SALISBURY — Two Salisbury teenagers are dead after a crash on a moped early Thursday.
Jake Alexander Boulevard was blocked for hours Thursday morning, after the three-vehicle accident. The crash is shedding new light on the regulations of the compact bikes. Salisbury Police say the driver of the moped was 18-year-old Dillon Logan. He was driving without a headlight on with his passenger, 19-year-old Dylan Robertson.
"What we can do to promote proper safety, proper maintenance on motorcycles or scooters," said General Manager at Salisbury Cycle Center Zach Downs.
They were hit once by a driver pulling out of a side street, and hit a second time by and oncoming delivery truck. Officers say both of those drivers said they never saw the moped.
"When you start the machine the headlight automatically comes on," said Downs.
Police say Logan was cited just a day before for not having a working headlight. Logan also didn't have a driver’s license. Downs said mopeds are accessible to almost anyone because of limited state requirements.
"People that have lost their license and made a mistake, obviously people do, it would be a good reason for someone to get one," said Downs.
In North Carolina, mopeds fewer than 50 CCs do not have to be registered, inspected, or insured. The driver must be at least 16-years-old, but does not need a license.
According to Downs, nine out of 10 of his customers buying one don't have a license.
"People that have lost their license or can't get a license for whatever reason that might be," said Downs.
It's still unclear why Logan did not have a license. Family members said the moped belonged to a relative. The accident remains under investigation.
Police investigators said it is possible both teenagers were under the influence. They don't anticipate any further charges.