Fatal Hampton Moped Crash Leaves One Dead and Another Critically Injured
We were saddened to read about a fatal Hampton moped crash that killed a 16-year-old and left another victim in a critical condition.
Police said two 16-year-olds were on a moped when it was hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of West Pembroke Avenue and Powhatan Parkway.
Our thoughts are with the family members of the victims after this fatal Hampton moped crash. Mopeds are small vehicles and their riders are extremely vulnerable. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we are highlighting the hazards faced by riders.
Hampton police said the two 16-year-olds were involved in a four-vehicle crash in Hampton at about 7:20 p.m. on Monday.
Investigators arrived at the Hampton accident scene to find the moped, a Chevrolet pickup truck, a Hertz rental box truck and a Nissan Maxima were involved in the crash.
Both of the 16-year-olds on the moped were listed as being in a critical condition. The driver died shortly after his arrival at a local hospital. The passenger remains in a severe condition, reported WAVY.com.
The 60-year-old driver of the Chevrolet pickup and the driver and passenger of the Hertz truck were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries described as non-life-threatening.
The Cause of the Fatal Hampton Moped Crash
Hampton police said the moped was stopped on West Pembroke Avenue as the driver tried to make a left-hand turn to head south on Powhatan Parkway. It was rear-ended by the Chevrolet, pickup as it headed west on West Pembroke Avenue.
The moped and Chevrolet traveled into the intersection, where they hit the Nissan Maxima, as it made a left-hand turn from Powhatan Parkway east onto West Pembroke Avenue. The result was a chain reaction crash as the pickup and the moped hit the rental truck which was stopped at the light on West Pembroke Avenue.
Hampton police are continuing to interview witnesses. They said no charges were pending as of Tuesday morning.
Last year, eight moped riders were killed in Virginia, according to the Crash Facts report from Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The report found 126 riders and passengers were seriously injured.
As in the case of motorcyclists, drivers often have a blind spot when it comes to moped riders. Mopeds are usually low powered machines vulnerable to being hit. They are frequently driven by inexperienced riders.
See our resources about motorcycle and moped crashes in Virginia or call us at (757) 455-0077 if you have been injured on two wheels or have lost a family member due to the actions of another driver.