LAURINBURG —A Laurinburg man has been charged after a child was injured Saturday in a moped accident.
Shacren McNair, 25, of 431 Third St., was arrested after a 6-year-old boy was ejected from the front of McNair’s moped and hit a tree.
“The child had been riding on the front of the moped near the handlebars and hit the gas by mistake,” said Terry Chavis, a captain with the Laurinburg Police Department.
Chavis said the 2005 Yamaha hit a curb and flipped. The incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m. on Saturday near the child’s home. After hitting the tree, the child was taken to his home and authorities were called.
Chavis said the child suffered two broken jaws and was flown to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. His condition was not known at presstime.
McNair is a friend of the child’s family.
He was charged with careless and reckless driving, failure to wear a helmet, exceeding passenger limits, failure to register the vehicle and child endangerment. He has been issued a citation and the court will decide the charges. It is an ongoing investigation.
Under state law, you must be at least 16 years old to ride on a moped and are required to wear a helmet.
“Mopeds can become a dangerous vehicle, like anything else it can be fun or it can be dangerous,” said Police Chief Darwin Williams.” We want all passengers on mopeds to make sure they’re adhering to the law.”
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.