A Wendell man died last week from injuries he sustained in a moped wreck Oct. 10.
Dan Cunningham, 37, of Wendell died at WakeMed in Raleigh on Oct. 13 after being struck by a Toyota Tundra driven by Wendell resident Debbie Smith outside Lowe’s Home Improvement on Knightdale Boulevard around 7 p.m.
Cunningham was driving a moped and ran a red light, Knightdale Police Capt. Jacqui Boykin said.
Smith was turning into Lowe’s and the Wake County district attorney’s office will not file any charges against her.
Boykin said the department does not know what kind of injuries Cunningham had, but he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
State law regards mopeds as it does motorcycles, which are subject to the same law as cars.
There is a state statute that requires a helment, however, it is only an infraction that would require a small $25 fee and is not proof of negligence in civil actions.
Boykin said moped and motorcyle drivers should try to stay visible with appropriate lighting and reflective clothing. She also said protective gear, like helmets, should always be worn.
And even though state law recognizes mopeds and motorcycles as vehicles, Boykin said those types of vehicles can often be overlooked on the road because of their relative small size.
“Being really aware of your surroundings is so important,” she said. “You kind of want to always be on the defensive.”