Driver charged in wreck that killed man on moped

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WHITSETT, N.C. — A man on a moped died when he was struck by a vehicle early Friday morning in the Whitsett area.

The accident happened just before 6 a.m. along Rock Creek Dairy Road.

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers say a Jeep Cherokee driven by Jeffrey Morrison, 40,  struck the moped from behind. The driver of the moped, John Cook, 46, of Graham, flew off the bike and hit the windshield of the jeep.

The moped ended up underneath the jeep.

Cook was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers say the accident happened at daybreak and Morrison claims he never saw the moped.

Morrison, who was the only one in the Jeep, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Troopers are still investigating speed and whether or not the moped’s lights were on.

It was determined that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.


  • Beth

    Tommy Cook was my neighbor and my friend. Your derogatory and ignorant comments are despicable. You all need to look at your own lives and family and friends. I’m sure there is plenty that you could direct your hateful and ignorant comments towards in your own lives. It shows by what you have said here. Mind your effing business and leave those of us who have lost a dear friend, a brother, a father alone. Let us mourn in peace.

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