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Fatal wreck on N.C. 904

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A Shallotte man was killed Monday afternoon when his moped struck a tractor on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach.

Just before 4 p.m. Monday, Keith Howard Lofton, 58, of 1059 Radford Way, was traveling north on his moped at about 35 mph, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Lofton was driving in the roadway and apparently didn’t see the tractor with a bush hog on the back of it, which was partially on the shoulder of the road and moving at about 15 mph.

Holmes said Lofton struck the back of the tractor, was then thrown from his moped and struck by the mower.

The driver of the tractor, Adolph Holmes Jr., 42, of Shallotte, will not face any charges, Holmes said.

Lofton was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck, but Holmes said his impairment likely contributed to the wreck.

Drugs and/or alcohol are suspected, Holmes said.