Man killed in crash at Ballentine Boulevard identified

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man driving a moped was killed in a crash at Ballentine Boulevard and E. Princess Anne Road Thursday morning.

Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson confirmed the fatality to Thursday morning. Hudson says a Jeep going east on Princess Anne was trying to turn onto Ballentine northbound when it collided with the moped.

Police on Friday identified the driver of the moped as James A. White.

The driver of the Jeep stayed on scene.

Investigators are talking to witnesses in the area and are trying to determine who had the right of way.

Hudson says the investigation will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney once police are finished.

Dispatchers tell the accident was called in at 6:12 a.m.

The intersection of Ballentine Boulevard and E. Princess Anne Road was closed as a result of the crash. Traffic was being detoured through a nearby parking lot during the closure.

Norfolk police tweeted around 10:30 a.m. that the intersection had reopened.

Hudson says it does not appear that alcohol was a factor with the driver of the Jeep.

“Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family. It’s a devastating incident that occurred this morning. I know they’re dealing with a lot and the driver of the Jeep Cherokee is dealing with a lot,” Hudson said.

Officer Hudson says this the crash is a reminder for all drivers to look out for one another.

“It’s just paying attention, being aware of your surroundings when you’re driving and vice versa for motorcyclists and the moped,” he said.

The crash is the third fatal moped accident during the past month for our area. Drivers were killed in Nags Head and Virginia Beach in August.

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Hudson says accidents involving mopeds vary in severity but the smaller, slower scooters have the right to be on the road.

“Mopeds are authorized to be on the travel lanes. If you have to, give them the distance required to pass them in the same manner,” said Hudson.

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