Man ejected, killed after motor scooter, SUV collide on I-440 in Raleigh, police say

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A man died Wednesday morning after his motor scooter was hit by an SUV on Interstate-440 eastbound, Raleigh police said.

The crash occurred around 12:40 a.m. on I-440 east near exit 5 for Lake Boone Trail, officials said.

According to a Raleigh Police Department crash report, Dalton Leon King Jr. of Raleigh was killed when his scooter was hit from behind by an SUV in the center lane of I-440 eastbound.

The driver of the SUV was not injured.

According to the police report, King’s scooter was “not capable of maintaining the minimum speed on the interstate according to the manufacturer.”

Raleigh police said the scooter’s top speed is only 30 mph. The minimum speed limit is 40 mph, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The crash report shows that the SUV was traveling at the posted 60 mph speed limit when it collided with King’s scooter. King was ejected and his scooter was dragged nearly 400 feet.

The eastbound lanes of I-440 were closed for nearly five hours as authorities investigated the crash.

Police said no charges have been filed in connection with the fatal wreck at this time.

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