Surry County, NC (August 2, 2020) – A 56-year-old man was killed when his moped was struck by a car in Mt. Airy on Thursday. The crash took place on North Carolina Highway 268 near Bray Ford Road.
According to reports, Burt Ford Reed, of Mount Airy, was riding a moped eastbound on NC 268 approaching the Bray Ford intersection. At the same time, a Ford Windstar operated by 44-year-old Britt Lee King was traveling westbound on the same road. King suddenly swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle in his lane of travel and crossed over into the eastbound lanes. While in the eastbound lanes, King’s vehicle collided head-on with Reed’s moped. The crash took place around 9:00 p.m. according to John Shelton, Surry County EMS Director.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrived at the scene around 9:23 and Reed died shortly thereafter. King was not injured in the crash. The Highway Patrol is still conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. At this time, it is not clear if charges will be filed against King. No further details are available.
We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Burt Ford Reed following this fatal moped crash in Surry County.
Fatal Traffic Accidents in North Carolina
Fatal accidents in North Carolina affect all motorists. This includes drivers and passengers of traditional vehicles as well as other types of vehicles such as motorcycles and mopeds, along with bicyclists and pedestrians who are on the roadway. Drivers in smaller vehicles such as mopeds are oftentimes more at risk of being injured in a crash. These vehicles offer very little protection from the impact of the collision. Following the crash, the riders can be thrown from their bike which increases the chances of suffering a serious injury. To make matters worse, motorcycle and moped riders are often not at fault for these accidents.
If you have lost a loved one to a fatal accident in North Carolina, you are not alone. Last year, more than 1,400 people were killed in crashes on our roadways. This amounts to about three people every single day. Negligent and reckless drivers contribute heavily to the number of fatalities that we see across our state. Speeding, reckless driving, and inattentive driving are among the most common causes of serious and fatal crashes in North Carolina. The cause of each accident must be carefully investigated in order to determine the cause and who should be held responsible.
At Burton Law Firm, North Carolina wrongful death lawyer Jason M. Burton is here to help following the untimely death of your loved one. There is nothing more devastating or tragic than the sudden loss of your family member, especially if their death was caused by someone else’s carelessness. For over eight years, Mr. Burton has proudly served crash victims and their families in all areas of our state and would be honored to serve you as well.
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