Two Teens Critically Injured in Moped Accident on I-10

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE: February 20, 2012 Leon County, Florida
by Jacquie Slater

Darryl Gamble and Casey Minor were driving on I-10 when the moped they were on was struck by a passing car. Troopers say the pair was driving well under the speed limit and the car approaching them may not have been aware of how slow they were going.

Jeff Frost with the Florida Highway Patrol says, " We would caution all drivers to be aware of their surroundings and be cautious of slow moving vehicles when they're on the interstate."

When taking a scooter out onto the open road it is suggested that you have a helmet and the law requires that you wear protective eye wear

Helmets are required for anyone under the age of twenty-one. Some mopeds require that the driver have a motorcycle license to drive them, depending on the size of the engine.

"The cut-off is basically 49.99 c.c's. Anything less than that you just need a driver's license to operate it. Above that you need a motorcycle endorsement," says, Roy Smith--of All About Scooters.

To get a motorcycle license or endorsement on a current license, people must take a Motorcycle Training Course and pass an exam. Drivers say its a different kind of travel that takes some getting used to.

Scooter Driver, Sophie Crowdes says, "It's scary. Especially when people can pass because they don't always look for scooters. And you know, one wrong move by you or a car and you get just get seriously injured."

Leon County, Florida - Feb. 20, 2012 -

Two teens were critically injured in Moped accident that took place on I-10 around Mile Marker 200 in Leon County. The accident took place around 7:35pm on February 19th.

According to the FHP report, the Moped was traveling well below the minimum posted speed limit eastbound on State Road 8 in the
outside lane. A Honda Civic carrying 4 people was traveling eastbound on State Road 8 in the outside lane. As the Civic quickly approached the Moped in the outside lane, the right front of the Civic struck the rear of the Moped.

After impact, the Moped veered right traveling off the south shoulder of the roadway, ejecting both parties off of the vehicle. The Civic veered left, traveling across all eastbound lanes of traffic, entering the center median, striking the concrete barrier wall with the left rear before coming to final rest facing eastbound on State Road 8. Vehicle #1 came to final rest in the grassy shoulder facing south.

The Florida Highway Patrol was assisted by the Leon County Sheriff's Department, Tallahassee Fire Department , Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County EMS.

Information about the Moped driver is being withheld pending the FHP investigation.

The two person riding on the Moped were 19-year-old Casey Omara Yeje Minor and 18-year-old Darryl Gamble. FHP is not sure who was driving the Moped at the time of the accident.

Both Minor and Gamble are listed in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

No one in the Honda Civic was injured.

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  • by Doug on Feb 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM
    So if someone stops at a green light and you hit them from behind its your fault. If a moped is going to slow and you hit them from behind its still your fault. Some of the peoples ignorant comments would make me ashamed to know them. So yes Sam please ignore the idiots
  • by Dale on Feb 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
    Ignore the idiots, Samantha. Focus on your sister, and know that the people whose opinions actually matter are all pulling for her and sending good thoughts.
  • by Michele Location: South Bend on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:31 PM
    Doesn't matter who was in what lane. You must be a really bad driver to hit someone driving in front of you. Art of driving is recognizing other vehicles on the road.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    Samanrhra (or maybe Samantha?), If you are concerned for your sister then you should not be out here reading the comments about the story but rather turning your attention to your family member. But I still have to hope that people with less sense than my cat don't multiply.
  • by No comsumption of negativity-if you want her to revcover. on Feb 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    I hope your sister is ok. We are pulling for you. Don't read the negative and than hang around your sister. It will hurt her recovery. Protect you so you can protect her. Ok. O Only allow positive thoughts no negative energy....It is one of the most important things "you" can do to aide her recovery. Pulling for you all. God Bless.
  • by Bill Location: Perry on Feb 21, 2012 at 03:08 PM
    I drive a 1300cc motorcycle on I-10 and is is scarry to say the least.they are lucky that a 18 wheeler did not hit them.i sure hope the make a full recovery i will keep them in my prayers
  • by deanna on Feb 21, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    Yes it was wrong of them to get on interstate but COME ON guys if you cant see a vehicle in front of you in time to stop you dont need to be driving. ive had vehicle problems before and had to drive at a reduced speed... THAT is what the slow lanes for.
  • by TallyMom Location: Tallahassee on Feb 21, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    These two made a very bad decision to venture onto the interstate on a moped, but I think they learned their lesson. Yes, this was a serious mistake but they shouldn't have to pay with their lives. God willing they will both make a full recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    Was the driver of the moped cited?
  • by Samanrha Location: Tallahassee on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:49 AM
    Well guys this is my sister you are talking about, and though they didn't think this one through there is no need to make all these smart aliky comments about a poor girl who is laid up in the ICU. I'm sure she wont ever do it again, and sometimes, especially on a scooter, the interstate seems easier to maneuver on then the roads of Tallahassee. and to bill, we don't need more people who lack compassion, and understanding that teens make mistakes, hop off the high horse and realize bashing some one isn't going to make you any smarter.
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