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September 18, 2014

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Moped rider critically injured in crash

Traffic crash

A moped rider suffered critical injuries when a sport utility vehicle struck him Saturday on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Metro Police said.

The crash happened at 5:35 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Martin Luther King Boulevard south of Symphony Park Avenue. Police said it appears the moped rider, identified as Terrence Harris, 21, lost control of his 2009 Diamo Velocity and fell on the left side of the road.

The crash ejected Harris, putting him in the path of a 1999 Ford Explorer, which had been switching to the left lane, police said. The Ford struck Harris.

Emergency crews took Harris to University Medical Center's trauma unit with critical injuries, police said. The driver and two passengers in the Ford were not injured.

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  1. Mopeds really need to have some sort of licensing, insurance, helmet, and tag requirement. I see more and more of these things (with very poor drivers) on the roads, riding smack dab in the center of the fast travel lanes, with no helmets, no insurance, not paying at all for the road via tag taxes, and they frequently are found to be obstructing traffic (going 30 in a 45 zone, in the center of a lane).

    I just paid $100 for my motorcycle tag renewal. I have to shell out for regular insurance and for uninsured drivers (like the uninsured moped drivers), had to take a driver safety course when learning to drive a motorbike, had to take a road test and written test to earn a motorcycle class license, and I have to wear a helmet when I drive my motorcycle.

    I can't wait ... one day one of these unlicensed, uninsured, un-helmeted, moped drivers is gonna run smack into my vehicle (my other vehicles are a full sized truck and a SUV) and I'll get the shaft after they scrape what's left of the moped driver off the roadway.

    Time to get these things off the road or fully license/insure them.

  2. My sympathy to the driver of the Explorer. Now, he'll be burdened with the financial claims of the unlicensed MoPed rider. Just another chance for the ambulance chasers.

  3. Mopeds shouldn't be street legal unless they're licensed and insured. They need to be treated like motorcycles and the drivers need to be accountable to the laws of the road.