Moped struck in Greensboro hit-and-run, suspect sought

Posted on: 10:30 am, April 10, 2013, by , updated on: 06:20pm, April 10, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a moped driver Tuesday afternoon in Greensboro.

Greensboro Police Department Capt. Renae Sigmon tells FOX8′s Carter Coyle the collision was reported shortly after 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of East Market Street near Pastor Anderson Way.

The victim, Eric Smith, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

Capt. Sigmon says the suspect vehicle is a white, four-door Volvo. It was last seen turning left on Washington Street from Pastor Anderson Way.

Smith works full-time at a local tennis club and is used to spending time outside and riding his moped regularly.

“I make sure I follow all traffic laws,” he explained. “Take it slow, don’t run stop signs. I always wear my helmet.”

Now Smith is stuck inside recovering from his injuries. He planned to go home and do yard work Tuesday when he was hit.

“A car came straight out of the parking lot and t-boned me. I don’t remember nothing else,” he said.

Smith said he was unconscious for several minutes until police officers were able to wake him up.

Witnesses say the driver got out of his car, pulled pieces of the moped out from under the vehicle and took off.

Smith had several gashes on his head and severe scrapes on his back, neck, hands and arms.

“My neck is hurting more than anything now. The doctor says it’s okay, though. I’m just sore,” Smith explained.

Smith says the impact of the car was so hard, it threw him from his moped and knocked off his helmet.

The cost of damage to the moped, he said, makes it not worth a repair.

Smith is still optimistic.

“It could have been worse. I could have been laid up in the hospital or not made it through,” he said.

His message to the driver who hit him is simple: “Just stand up and take responsibility for this.”

The wounds will heal, but Smith isn’t sure he’ll be ready to get on a moped again any time soon.

The driver left the scene and could face felony hit-and-run charges. He or she left behind evidence, however; police found the front bumper of the Volvo at the scene.

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