A driver whose SUV struck a moped in Mount Airy last fall, fatally injuring its rider, has been charged with three violations, city police announced Thursday afternoon.
Eddie Ray Humes, 61, of 308 Spring St., is accused of misdemeanor death by vehicle, failing to yield the right of way at a red light and driving while licensed revoked, according to Sgt. B.L. Quensinberry.
The case stems from the death of Brandon Gene Bowman, 25, of 147 W. Oakdale St., on the night of Nov. 1. Bowman was on the moped traveling south along North Main Street when a northbound Ford Escape operated by Humes turned into his path.
“He (Humes) was making a left onto Lebanon Street,” Quesinberry explained, and the two vehicles collided.
Bowman’s moped was wedged underneath the SUV, which came to rest in front of a business at 102 W. Lebanon St.
The moped rider, who was unresponsive at the scene, was pronounced dead at Northern Hospital of Surry County.
Quesinberry said an exhaustive investigation, including a reconstruction of the accident scene, culminated with the charges against Humes.
Based on those findings, on which the city police department consulted with the Surry County District Attorney’s Office, the SUV driver was determined to have been at fault in the collision.
Acknowledging the length of the process, more than four months, Quesinberry explained that authorities wanted to make sure the case was examined thoroughly.
At the time of the incident, there also apparently was some uncertainty about what happened, since police were appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.
North Carolina statutes define the charge of death by vehicle as the killing of another human being unintentionally while committing a violation of a motor vehicle law.
When announcing the charges against Humes Thursday afternoon, Quesinberry said that warrants for them had not been served.
The case is set for the May 15 session of Surry District Court.
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