Charges issued in scooter fatality

By Tom Joyce -

A Mount Airy man has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle stemming from a collision last month which killed a moped rider.

Hensey Antonio-Emitt Moore, 41, of 330 W. Virginia St., was arrested Wednesday, according to city police department records, capping a lengthy investigation.

In addition to death by motor vehicle, Moore is facing charges of driving while license revoked, displaying fictitious registration and no insurance. He was held in the Surry County Jail under a $2,500 secured bond after his Wednesday afternoon arrest, but has since been released, a jail spokesman said Friday.

The case stems from a traffic crash on the night of June 2 on West Pine Street near its entrance ramp for U.S. 52-South.

Moore was operating a Chevrolet Tahoe sport-utility vehicle that was westbound on West Pine Street. While in the course of making a left turn to reach the U.S. 52 ramp, the SUV collided with an eastbound moped, or scooter, operated by James Michael Trevathan, based on the findings of the investigation.

Trevathan, 61, whose address has been given as 187 Sexton Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In keeping with a normal procedure when traffic fatalities occur in the city, an accident reconstruction — led by Sgt. Brendon Evans of the Mount Airy Police Department — was undertaken as part of the investigation.

“There was a witness to the incident,” Evans added Friday.

Based on the accident reconstruction and statements supplied by the witness, it appeared that Moore allegedly turned the SUV into the scooter’s path.

“Unfortunately, neither one of them applied brakes,” Evans said of the two motorists, which produced a collision considered “a direct impact.”

Speed was not a factor, with the investigation determining that the SUV was traveling no more than 20 mph at the time. The maximum speed for the scooter involved is typically about 30 mph, Evans said.

The accident happened after dark and Moore’s explanation to police was that he didn’t see the scooter approaching.

After all the findings from the investigation were assembled, city police consulted with the Surry County District Attorney’s Office, which led to the offenses being filed against Moore.

Evans said the fact Moore was driving after his license had been revoked was a contributing factor in his being charged with death by motor vehicle.

Moore is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Aug. 29.

Misdemeanor death by motor vehicle carries a maximum jail sentence of 150 days.

By Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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