Man killed when moped hits tractor-trailer

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Highway patrol looking for vehicle

By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information about a wreck that killed a man Monday.

Around 10:15 p.m., Feb. 4, a moped driver was killed while traveling on U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County.

According to Sgt. E.C. Harris, Mark Mooring, 38, of Wilmington, was traveling west from Wilmington when the wreck occurred. He was about a mile from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge when he lost control of his moped.

“The moped traveled into the travel lane and may or may not have not struck the back right of a tractor-trailer, causing the vehicle to fall over in the road,” Harris said. “As a result of that he was killed.”

According to North Carolina law, mopeds may operate on highways as long as they travel in the farthest right portion of the right lane, similar to laws concerning operating a bicycle.

“There is no expectation that he should have switched lanes,” Harris said.

The driver wasn’t wearing a D.O.T.-approved helmet.

A witness traveling behind Mooring saw the wreck. There is a possibility Mooring hit the back of a tractor-trailer also traveling westbound.

“We don’t know who that truck driver was, and we have no reason to believe he would have known it had occurred. It is unlikely the driver would have known if the moped hit the truck,” Harris said.

The wreck is not considered a hit-and-run.

According to Harris, for a wreck to be a hit-and-run, the driver has to have knowledge the incident occurred.

“We are looking for a vehicle of interest to see if he saw the moped due to his proximity,” Harris said.  “We don’t believe the vehicle was contributory.”

The truck is described as a box type tractor-trailer traveling westbound on U.S. 74/76 about a mile from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge shortly before 10:15 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the N.C. Highway Patrol at 395-3917 or (800) 334-7411. Ask for Trooper Thompson.


Rachel Johnson is a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or rjohnson@brunswickbeacon.com.