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Mo-ped rider dies in SUV crash
Family remembers Victor Tolliver as outspoken, optimistic; SUV driver faces charges




Children on Victor Tolliver’s street will always remember his "hood cuts.”

The 45-year-old Wilson man died after his mo-ped crashed into a sport utility vehicle Sunday night. Tolliver’s wife said he was an aspiring barber who gave free haircuts to keep his skills and scissors sharp.

"His vision was to go to school and become a barber and own his own shop,” wrote Sandra Smith, Tolliver’s wife of 11 years. "He would cut the neighborhood kids’ hair for free.”

Tolliver called the free service "hood cuts,” she added.

Smith penned her thoughts in a spiral-bound notebook. She said her husband’s death was too painful to speak about.

Tolliver died from injuries he suffered during a crash at the intersection of Hines Street Southwest and Mercer Street Southwest.

Tolliver was driving on Hines Street when a Ford Expedition driven by Tonya Lyvette Lavender, 37, of 309 Branch St. in Elm City entered the intersection, according to a police report. Tolliver’s mo-ped struck the Expedition’s front driver-side door.

Paramedics airlifted Tolliver to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where police say he died from his injuries.

A police report lists Lavender failing to yield the right of way as a contributing circumstance in the crash. The SUV was traveling around 10 mph, the report states.

Police charged Lavender with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving with no liability insurance and displaying a fictitious, canceled or revoked registration card or license plate.

Lavender was booked into the Wilson County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond, according to Wilson police spokesman Sgt. John Slaughter.

Tolliver told paramedics he had been drinking alcoholic beverages before the crash, according to the police report.

The wreck happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday. A rescue helicopter landed in a field near the crash site, and paramedics flew him to the Greenville hospital.

Onlookers lined the sidewalk and clustered in the Mercer Street post office’s parking lot as the Vidant Medical Transport helicopter touched down.

Wilson police, Wilson Fire/Rescue Services and Wilson County Emergency Medical Services responded to the crash.

Relatives gathered on the front porch and in the yard of Tolliver’s 909 Aycock St. home Monday afternoon. Smith held a notebook in her lap and thumbed through snapshots of her husband.

"Victor was a very fun-loving, family-oriented man,” Smith wrote. "He loved children and had a passion for his dogs and cutting hair.”

Tolliver grew up in Washington, D.C., and his family described him as outspoken.

"He was loved by many for his blunt way of telling it like it is,” Smith wrote. "He always spoke his mind, like it or not.”

Tolliver also was relentlessly positive, his wife said.

"His special saying was, ‘Are we celebrating today?’” Smith wrote, "and you would ask, ‘Celebrating what?’ and he would say, ‘Celebrating today!’ He will truly be missed by all his friends and loved ones.”

Tolliver’s funeral is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James Christian Church in Wilson.

corey@wilsontimes.com | 265-7821
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Insurance and Taxpayer said...

I agree with Greg. It's not about bashing anyone involved in this situation. It's simply a reality, motorized vehicles on the roadway need to have insurance and registration. This is to protect everyone including the moped driver/rider. Whether or not Victor had on a helmet should be listed (coded) in the wreck report. Also whether or not his lights were on. Not sure why it wasn't reported here. His BAC may not come out until later. I think that usually has to be confirmed and released by medical staff well after the incident. I'm not saying Victor was at fault for anything under the current laws, but regardless of the laws, the mopeds are unsafe. Can't tell you how many times I have been startled by one on the road during the daylight as well as at night. They are hard to see even if they are abiding by the current laws. Wilson has seen too many life altering collisions involving mopeds regardless of fault.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 6:11 AM
truthbeknown said...

NEVER THATS WHAT I AM TALKIN ABT SELF RIGHTEOUS.. ITS NOT ABT YOU OR ME.. ITS ABT THE DEATH OF A HUSBAND AND FATHER.... BUT SADLY YOU MADE MY POINT..

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 6:05 PM
? said...

What's his criminal record? Was he on the Moped because he was revoked? Was he wearing a helmet properly? And what was his BAC? I think he was on that scooter because he couldn't drive and I'd hazard a guess he was over the limit (0.08) too.
These things should have to be licensed like motocycles!! They're dangerous, what with people weaving in and out of traffic...

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 4:31 PM
April said...

Rest In Peace Vic,you will be missed!


Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 3:47 PM
?? said...

To Confused; My statement is intended to people who hide behind their words. If you do not hide,then this statement was nor for you!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 1:01 PM
Former Wilsonian said...

Poor reporting...no where in the article does it state whether or not the victim was wearing a helmet.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 12:08 PM Confused said...

To ??, what is it that we can not say in public? No one is being a coward here, so please, tell me what we are scared to say in public.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 10:30 AM ?? said...

They should not even allow blogs.. It is just a way for coward people to talk because they can't say in open

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 9:38 AM Jan said...

I am truly sorry fo the families.But I have seen mopeds many,many times on Hwy 70, in the middle of the highway.This is very dangerous!Traffic goes up to 80 mph on that hwy.Very! Very! dangerous.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 8:02 AM never said...

To truthbeknown, I don't drink, so therfore, I have NEVER driven under the influence, but it sounds like YOU probably have.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 7:47 AM truthbeknown said...

ONCE AGAIN THE PEOPLE OF WILSON AMAZE MR.. A MAN LOST HIS LIFE, AND THE DRIVER OF THE SUV GOT THE TICKET, BUT INSTEAD OF... I DONT KNOW... SAYING A PRAYER FOR THE FAMILY. YOU GO ON THIS SELF RIGHTEOUS TOUR... HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE DRIVEN A VEHICLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE BUT NEVER GOT STOPPED.. TRUTH IS PROBABLY ALL OF YOU.. THE ATTITUDES ARE DISGUSTING AND SICKENING... MY PRAYERS GO UP FOR YOU VIC.. AS WELL AS YOUR WIFE AND KIDS...

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 8:34 PM OkaY! said...

Some Of These Comments Seems To Me Like They Are Aimed At The Person On The Mo ped...The Person driving The SuV Was The One Charged With Not Having Insurance,And With Not Having Good Regestration...Truth Is All Drivers Wether,Of Cars Scooters Or Whatever Need To Make It A Priority To Abide By The Law And Rules Of The Road...No Matter The Situation A Life Was Lossed And I'm Sending Prayers Up To His Fam And Friends...

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 5:02 PM agree said...

I agree with Greg and Wickster. The vast majority are DWI violators who can't get a license to drive a car. They are not supposed to be in the middle of regular traffic, causing regular traffic to veer around them while they sputter along. I have a lot of them passing me, and I am running the speed limit, yet, they have no tags, and I am sure, no insurance. I regret this gentleman lost his life, but we really need law enforcemant to enforce the rules thay should abide by.

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 2:33 PM whitley said...

Wow,just reading this and the driver is my sister,smh

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:34 PM Greg said...

I wonder how many of these scooter rider's have DWI's. This is a way they scoot around the law. If it has a motor of 250 cc or more it must have tags and insurance. I think anything with a motor on it should have tags and insurance. I pay road tax on a trailer which has no motor and they pay nothing. THE LAWS NEED TO BE CHANGED ON THIS MATTER.

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 10:17 AM to wickster said...

so I guess bicycles don't need to be on the road either. You would be surprised at how many cars trucks and other vehicles that do not have insurance and are on the road. If everyone would pay attention instead of doing other things while driving like say texting, putting on makeup, changing the radio station, eating food etc maybe there would be less accidents. and yes I am not perfect and guilty of not paying attention like I should by doing some of these things thank God I have not had an accident because of this.

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 9:36 AM ? said...

Where are they going to go??? The sidewalks?

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 8:43 AM Wickster said...

Mopeds are on the road all the time. The rider has no driver's license, tags or insurance. Law suits just waiting to happen for those of us with vehicles who pay all of the expenses associated with said ownership and may be involved in an accident with a moped. Seriously, I hope the rider in this accident will be o.k. However, I personally feel that mopeds should not be allowed to travel the highways like a motor vehicle.

Monday, December 03, 2012 at 1:12 AM
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