EDGECOMBE COUNTY - A driver has been charged for a two-vehicle wreck that killed a Pitt County man riding a moped.
According to the Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Britney Alston, of Raleigh, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed.
Edward Carroll Brady Jr. (pictured), 50, of West Washington Street in Bethel, was killed in the wreck, which happened at about 9:34 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 64, a half mile east of Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, troopers said.
Investigators said Brady was driving his moped west on U.S. 64 when an AutoZone parts van, driven by Alston, rear-ended the moped. Brady was thrown from his moped and died, said troopers.
Alston briefly left the scene to get help at a local fire department, then returned to the wreck, investigators said.
NewsChannel 12 spoke with Brady's sister, Geneva Whitehurst, who said her brother was a good man who was turning his life around.
"He was my big brother and he always called me his baby girl, not little sister. I'm going to miss him saying that," Whitehurst said. "His heart was as big as gold. He would do anything for anybody at any time."
Whitehurst said her brother got a DWI years ago and was working to get his license back. That was why he was driving the moped to and from work every day.
"Most of em' are on em' because of DWIs, but they have just as much right on the highways as we do," said Whitehurst.
Whitehurst said her brother had just reunited with his son and met his granddaughter for the first time. She hopes his death won't be in vain and people will be more aware of mopeds the next time they get on the road.
"Just because our vehicles are bigger, it's easy to kill them. And that's what happened to my brother because someone wasn't paying attention… please just be more vigilant," said Whitehurst. Don't let another family go through this. Please don't let another family go through this."
Family members said they had recently taken the moped to Greenville to be worked on, and all the lights, reflectors and blinkers were working. They said Brady was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
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