Friends remember local business owner killed in moped crash
Michael Clark was killed while riding his moped. (SOURCE: Zachary Atkinson)
Friends say Clark was an avid fisherman. (SOURCE: Zachary Atkinson)
Douglas Erickson (Source: Wilmington Police Department)
New Hanover County Dispatch confirms one person was killed as a result of the accident.
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
and friends of Michael Clark say they are still in shock. Clark was killed Wednesday when his moped was hit by a driver who police said was under the influence.
been a shock to all of us, to lose someone like Mike," Zachary Atkinson,
Clark's longtime friend said.
said that Clark was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. "You
could always count on him if you needed anything. He would give you the shirt
off of his back and he never met a stranger, you know that kind of person he
was very generous."
said Clark was an avid fisherman, and loved the outdoors. He was also the owner
of Madd Mikes Scooters & Cycles in Wilmington. "He just really loved
people, truly he was a people person, he loved swapping stories. That was the
big thing with Mike how many stories he had."
said around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Clark was traveling east on Oleander Drive and was in the process of
making a left turn at the light into the shopping plaza. At the same time, a
Mazda collided with his moped while traveling westbound. The traffic light was
turning from yellow to red at the time, according to investigators.
Clark died at the scene.
Douglas Erickson, the driver of the Mazda, is charged with felony
death by vehicle, DWI and speeding. Erickson has been interviewed by our
station before about the work he has done with the Red Cross. He is also
the owner and innkeeper of C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast in Wilmington.
Erickson said he has no comment on the incident.
said that the roads are dangerous for anyone on a moped, scooter or even a
bicycle he said that drivers need to be more aware.
have a right to be on the roads and people need to be aware that if you are in
a big car or an SUV you need to really pay attention to the little guy,"
Mikel Rubino, a spectator on scene, described the frightening
moments shortly after the accident occurred.
"We saw a sheet covered on the ground with a person
underneath. We were in shock and wanted to see what's going on," said
Rubino. "I just feel really bad for the family and they don't even know it
Rubino said the accident was a tragic reminder of how important it
is to be safe on the roads, especially around mopeds and scooters.
"For some people, that's their only means of transportation
and it's a shame to worry about it," said Rubino. "I've driven a
moped before and I have friends who ride mopeds. It makes me really worry when
you see stuff like this."