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.