Moped Driver Killed Following Traffic Accident In Southeast Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A moped driver has died from the injuries he sustained in a wreck on Margaret Wallace Road in southeast Charlotte, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit.

The accident happened just before 1pm on March 12th.  The initial investigation indicates a 2017 Mercedes SUV was traveling south on Margaret Wallace Road through a green light at the intersection of Margaret Wallace and Sam Newell Road.  The moped was traveling west on Sam Newell Road and entered the intersection through a steady red light for its direction of travel, according to CMPD.

Police say the moped struck the left, front corner of the Mercedes, and the driver of the moped was ejected.

On March 13th, police say the moped driver died from the injuries he sustained in the crash.  He has been identified as 43-year-old Gary Thaens, according to a news release from CMPD.

Police say the red light violation by Thaens appears to be the proximate cause of the crash.  Investigators are awaiting a toxicology report to see if Thaens was impaired.  Police say the driver of the Mercedes was not speeding nor impaired.  At this time, no charges are being filed in the case, according to CMPD.

Anyone who witnessed this accident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.