Harrison County

72-year-old man on scooter was in the road when an SUV hit him, Long Beach chief says

A 72-year-old Long Beach man was riding his motorized scooter on a city street when an SUV struck him from behind, Police Chief Billy Seal said.

Lawrence Morreale Sr. apparently was heading to his nearby home and soon died at a hospital, Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer said. Switzer released Morreale’s name after the crash early Thursday evening.

Morreale was westbound just east of Second Avenue when he was struck by a westbound Mitsubishi Montero, Seal said.

“He was in the road and the driver said he didn’t see him,” Seal said. “It’s under investigation.”

The area is near the south end of Klondyke Road.

The driver stopped and police were notified about 5:50 p.m., Switzer said.

Police diverted traffic around the area until emergency responders were finished.

Morreale died of his injuries about 6:30 p.m., Switzer said.

A motorized scooter is a two-wheeled vehicle with a seat for the driver.

Motor scooters are legal on public roads in Mississippi, according to dmv.org. Motor scooters are registered under the same requirements for motorcycles. Operators are required to wear a helmet and scooters are required to have rear-view mirrors.

Some states, such as Michigan, specify that motor scooters and other low-speed vehicles, such as mopeds, are limited to a top driving speed of 25 mph and are not to ride on streets with a speed limit in excess of 35 mph except for crossing a street, according to drivinglaws.aaa.com

In Montana, low-speed vehicles are prohibited from driving on streets from a half hour before sunset until half an hour after sunrise, the website says.