SUV sought in hit-and-run

Moped's passenger broke leg
Jun. 27, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

A dark-green SUV struck a moped Tuesday evening and seriously injured one of two people riding it, but the SUV's driver never stopped, the N.C. Highway Patrol said.

The moped -- driven by Frank Moody, 56, of Third Street SE in Hickory, with Cynthia Little, 47, of the same address riding as a passenger -- was going north on the far right side of U.S. 321 just past the Catawba River bridge around 6:30 p.m. when the SUV came up from behind and hit it, Trooper C.T. Hodges said. The moped, which was traveling on the white line next to the shoulder, was knocked about 30 to 40 feet and went off the road into a hillside, Hodges said.

Moody suffered cuts and bruises, but Little broke her leg, Hodges said. Both were taken by ambulance to Frye Regional Medical Center. Moody was treated and released.

Pieces of the SUV's fender were found at the scene, but no one got the vehicle's license plate number.

Anyone with information about the wreck or who sees a dark-green SUV with a broken right turn signal is asked to call the N.C. Highway Patrol at 828-726-2500.