AYDEN, PITT COUNTY -

Police have released the name of a moped driver who was killed in a two-vehicle wreck in Pitt County.

According to the Ayden Police Department, 68-year-old Shepard Lee Spruill, of Grifton, was killed in the wreck on Highway 11, just south of Snow Hill Street. The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Spruill was a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, police said.

Police said a Chevrolet S-10 pickup rear-ended Spruill's moped, pinning Spruill underneath the truck.

Ayden Fire and Rescue removed the truck off Spruill, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors said Spruill was well-liked in his Grifton neighborhood.

"He was a good neighbor, a good person. You know, he had a good heart and we're going to miss him over here. We really are," said Mishila Taylor, who lives across the street from Spruill's home.

The pickup driver, 69-year-old Andrew Rossevelt Little, of Stokes, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said.

This is the third deadly moped wreck in Eastern Carolina since last month.

On May 29, Edward Carroll Brady Jr., 50, of Bethel, was driving a moped on U.S. 64 east of Rocky Mount. That was when an AutoZone van rear-ended the moped, killing Brady, said the Highway Patrol. The driver of that van has been charged (CLICK HERE to read full story).

There was another fatal moped wreck in Edgecombe County on May 10. Troopers said Bruce Edwards Lewis was traveling on Highway 258 east of Pinetops when his moped collided with a pickup truck. Lewis died at a hospital. The pickup driver is facing charges (CLICK HERE to read full story).

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A moped driver was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Pitt County Wednesday morning.

It happened at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 11 just south of Old Snow Hill Road in Ayden.

Ayden Police and fire officials at the scene said the wreck involved a moped and a pickup truck. When first responders arrived at the scene, the moped and its driver were underneath the truck.

Police said the moped driver was killed, but his identity has not been released.

There is no word on what led up to the wreck or if charges will be filed.

Traffic at the scene was reduced to one lane. NewsChannel 12 is working to learn more details.

This is the third deadly moped wreck in Eastern Carolina since last month.

On May 29, Edward Carroll Brady Jr., 50, of Bethel, was driving a moped on U.S. 64 east of Rocky Mount. That was when an AutoZone van rear-ended the moped, killing Brady, said the Highway Patrol. The driver of that van has been charged (CLICK HERE to read full story).

There was another fatal moped wreck in Edgecombe County on May 10. Troopers said Bruce Edwards Lewis was traveling on Highway 258 east of Pinetops when his moped collided with a pickup truck. Lewis died at a hospital. The pickup driver is facing charges (CLICK HERE to read full story).