Burlington man on scooter killed in wreck after running red light

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A man on a scooter was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday night after running a red light and colliding with a vehicle.

Police say that a car and the scooter collided around 10 p.m. and the driver of the scooter died as a result of his injuries.

The accident happened at the intersection of South Church Street and Gurney Street.

According to the report, Daniel Bruce Frost, 66, of Burlington, was riding a 2009 Honda Ruckus moped west on South Church Street when he went through the red light and collided with a vehicle.

Witnesses told police there was a steady red light when Frost drove through.

Frost collided with a 2008 Chevrolet vehicle being driven by William John Wolverton, 50, of Burlington, who had been traveling north on Gurney Street.

Frost was pronounced dead on the scene. Wolverton was not injured.

The accident is still under investigation.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500.


  • Monte Wall

    These “scooters” are to rampant and most are not legal to operate as a “moped”. They exceed 30 MPH on a flat level surface and have an engine larger than 50cc.The scooter in this story does have a legal version, but many modify them for more speed. Many, if not most do not follow the traffic laws and circumvent them when ever they can. The state needs to crack down on these scooter/motorcycles masquerading as “mopeds” and make them adhere to registration, insurance and inspections like I have to with my motorcycle.
    This death is a tragedy as is any unexpected death is and I hope it serves as an eye opener for others, but I’m afraid it will be for naught!

  • Steve Bradshaw

    The previous comment seems so out of place to me, in that UNLESS he has real valid knowledge of the FACTS, that he should not assume that every scooter/moped owner is circumventing the system. All things being equal, this was an accident. Simply put, accidents happen everyday. And as far as that goes, automobile owners cause more deaths and injuries than a scooter ever will. They also give no ground to either bike or scooter riders who have just as much right to the roadway as they do.
    Sorry someone had to lose their life so somebody else can make a stupid assumption NOT based on fact.

  • Mark Cardwell

    As My point of view is : Most Folks that ride Scooters, Don’t even have a Drivers License,because of a DWI…And don’t know How to follow most Driving Courses anyhow…

  • Mike

    I use to ride a scooter to save money on gas, but no more. After several close calls I decided it was not worth it. I cannot tell you the number of times drivers passed me in no passing zones even when I was going within 5 mph of the speed limit. On more occasions than I care to count, drivers sped past me on curves / hills or both, only to make a turn within a few hundred feet of where they passed me. I’m telling you that some people have absolutely no respect for life or they believe that saving a few seconds is more important than risking someone’s life. I would love to see a TV news broadcast where a person from the station just rode a scooter around for a week or two with a camera mounted on the bike. It would be an eye opener. As for the person that died in the most recent accident, he made a mistake and paid the ultimate price for it. Unfortunately there are far too many that make a mistake and someone else pays the price. When it comes to scooters, bicycles, and motorcycles, vs. the automobile…..well let’s just say the outcome is obvious.

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