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Moped sideswiped

January 10, 2012

A man was hit by a car Tuesday while riding his moped in Newton.

Police say the man, whose name authorities had not confirmed, was driving his Gator 50 moped across the intersection of Robinson Road and Sandy Ford Road in Newton about 2 p.m. when a car struck him on his left side.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.G. Griffin said the moped driver was injured and taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center. Griffin said the man was alert as he left the scene.

Griffin said the moped driver was traveling south on Robinson Road when he was sideswiped by a 2000 Mercury driven by Loretta Cox, of Hickory, who was traveling west on Sandy Ford Road.

Witnesses at the scene said it appeared the man driving the moped ran a red light, but Griffin said the wreck is still under investigation. Griffin said at the scene he could not confirm the name of the victim.

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