Teen injured in mo-ped versus car crash

(UPDATED: Tuesday 6:35 p.m.) A 15-year-old Grand Haven boy suffered minor injuries when he crashed his mo-ped into a car late Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Third Street.
Becky Vargo
Jul 9, 2013


The boy, who was not identified, was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital. He was treated and released on Tuesday.

A first-responder on the scene said the boy did not appear to have any major injuries. The boy was wearing a helmet, he said.

Pat Wessel said she had just left work and noticed the mo-ped coming down Third Street.

"He slowed way down at the corner," she said. "I slowed down, too, and I thought, 'Yeah, he's going to stop.'"

Wessel said she continued and felt a "boom."

Nancy Medacco of Grand Haven was parked nearby. She said she turned her head just in time to see the collision.

"I saw the bike explode," Medacco said. "He went off his bike, flipped around like a dead fish and came down."

Medacco said the boy tried to get up, but collapsed.

Her daughter, Chandra Amaya, a recent graduate of paramedic school, was one of the first people on the scene.



I do not see any pedals, ergo NOT A MOPED. This is a scooter. Mo-Ped = Pedals. Scooter mania is giving us mopeders a bad name.


I've had concerns about these young kids who have very little driving experience scooting around town on these mo-peds. Shouldn't they have to have the same age requirements as automobile drivers? I mean, they are on the roads, in the middle of traffic with large cars that "win the game" in an incident like this. I'm so glad he's okay. I just feel like we need some laws enforced regarding the mo-peds that require age restrictions. This young man seems as though he'll be okay. He's fortunate. This could have been tragic.


to poshhhh: i know someone who has a moped. one that looks like the one in the picture but it is black. he has a moped license. that he had to take a written test for. at S.O.S. the moped is registered as a moped. it has no pedals. find the website http://www.grandhavenscooter.com... and he even list mopeds and shows that they dont have pedals.


Isn't Mo-ped short for Motor-pedals?

While you can call this scooter a mo-ped and everyone would understand, technically based on the original meaning it is not a mo-ped.


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