Moped operator killed in crash

February 17, 2006|By ROBERT SNYDER


A man died Thursday after he was struck by a Waste Management Inc. pickup truck in Berkeley County.

The man, whose name is not being released pending notification of relatives, was driving a moped when he failed to yield the right-of-way to a pickup truck after turning onto Apple Harvest Drive at New York Avenue south of Martinsburg, Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy T.E. Boyles said.

The driver of the moped was declared dead at the scene, according to a news release.

The accident occurred about 11:15 a.m., Boyles said.

Boyles said witnesses to the accident said the man on the moped was attempting to turn left onto Apple Harvest Drive from the Kmart parking lot when he drove into the path of the truck and another car.

"The car swerved and that obscured the view of the Waste Management truck, and that caused the collision," Boyles said.


The accident remained under investigation, he said.

A Waste Management Inc. spokeswoman declined to release the name of the driver of the truck but indicated the company was working with the sheriff's department in its review of the crash.

"Waste Management is cooperating with the local authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident," company representative Lisa Kardell said.

Boyles declined to release the name of the driver of the truck.

"He was not determined to be at fault," Boyles said.

Boyles said he is trying to determine whether registration was required for the moped, which police described as a Tomos model A35.

"It appears the moped was just under the limit to be registered," Boyles said.

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