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Following death of moped driver, Grand Strand police advise drivers to share road this summer

Law enforcement are stressing road safety after a moped driver from Longs was killed. (Source: WMBF News) Law enforcement are stressing road safety after a moped driver from Longs was killed. (Source: WMBF News)

LONGS, SC (WMBF) - After a Longs moped driver was killed following a collision late Wednesday night, police are warning all drivers to share the roads responsibly this summer.

Joel Deaton, 53, was killed after a vehicle struck his moped from behind on Tallwood Road near North Myrtle Beach.

According to Horry County Coroner, Tamara Willard, Deaton died from traumatic injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the moped, 21-year-old Steven Isdell, is charged with driving too fast for conditions.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating and it is unclear at this time whether or not the victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. 

Law enforcement believed these kinds of accidents happen all too often, and they are preventable.  

Heading into another busy summer season, officials with North Myrtle Beach Public Safety expect the number of mopeds on area roads will double, if not triple, and police want all drivers to take responsibility behind the wheel.

“Generally, you have cars that are passing them or riding right up behind them," said Lance Cpl. Aaron Jones, with NMBPS. "And it's harder if a car is centralized right behind them to tell if they are going to turn left or turn right into a parking lot. And usually that's what they are trying to do.” 

After more than a decade with NMBPS, Jones said he's responded to many moped crashes, several of them fatal.

“Give them their space; they're going to turn eventually," he said. "Riding them could make even an experienced driver more nervous and slow down even more, or wreck just from worrying about you being behind them. And if they wreck at that speed or a certain speed and if you're too close, you're going to end up injuring them, or yourself at the same time.” 

Jones added wrecking a moped is much more dangerous than a car, even a motorcycle, because of what most mopeds are made of, which is mostly plastic.

He stressed moped drivers need to be aware of their own visibility, especially at night. Jones also suggested wearing reflective clothing and never forget a helmet.

Above all though, he advised staying away from major roads if possible because a moped can only go so fast.

“Stay where it's more safe and within the speed limit of their actual vehicle," Jones said. 

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