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Investigators have determined that a Volkswagen Jetta was likely to be involved in the hit-and-run wreck that killed a moped rider last Sunday on U.S. 264, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Parts from the car were found at the scene of the wreck that killed Linwood Earl Webb Jr. of Washington, N.C., which helped to identify the vehicle, said Patrol Sgt. Gary Weaver. A local car dealer helped determine the pieces were from the right front end of a Jetta made between 2001 and 2006, Weaver said. The color of the car was not determined.

Troopers have identified that a VW Jetta was involved in the hit and run and should have right front end damage. No suspect has been identified in the crash and troopers need help to apprehend the person driving the vehicle, Weaver said. The wreck happened about 3:50 a.m. near the intersection of N.C. 30. Webb, 51, 1245 Maple Drive, was driving east in the right-hand lane of U.S. 264 when his moped was struck from behind.

The bike’s lights were on, but it’s possible the driver of the approaching vehicle did not notice them, Weaver said. The moped likely was traveling about 25 mph, Weaver said. It’s not known how fast the second vehicle was traveling. Webb was thrown 175 feet on the side of the road while his moped was thrown a shorter distance, Weaver said.

The victim was driving in the direction of his residence. Weaver said. Webb rode the moped frequently on the highway and was familiar with the roads. Webb’s body was discovered by a passing motorist, who phoned the Highway Patrol.

Mopeds are the brunt of many hit and runs. It is an unintended consequence that moped drivers often are seen as obstacles in the road instead and disregard the concept of sharing the road. Although not the prevalent attitude of most car drivers, there is a small segment that do not follow safety guidelines either because of unlawfulness or stressed induced rush. It is clear in this case that someone hit this moped driver with significant force thereby causing his untimely death.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injury law website is:, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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