Moroso's driving record poor

October 03, 1990|By Knight-Ridder

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the past three years, NASCAR drive Rob Moroso was convicted of speeding four times and once for '' driving on the wrong side of the road.

Judges could have revoked his license at least twice since March 30, 1989, according to North Carolina driving records.

Instead, charges were reduced and, in the most recent case, Mecklenburg County District Judge William Scarborough ordered a prayer for judgment continued, which kept points off Moroso's driving record.

Moroso, 22, considered NASCAR's next great driver, lost control of his 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass, killing himself and the driver of a second car on N.C. 150 just west of Mooresville about 11 p.m. Sunday.

His car slid into the next lane, killing Tammy Williams, 27, of China Grove, N.C., and injuring a passenger in her 1986 Toyota Celica. A passenger in Moroso's car also was injured.

Moroso was driving at least 75 in a 55-mph zone, said Highway Patrol Trooper Roger Smith. A sign warned that the recommended speed in the curve where he crashed was 35.

Tests that would show the blood-alcohol level of Moroso, who was involved in two accidents since September 1988, are ongoing.

For the last speeding ticket, Moroso should have had a total of 12 points on his driving record, which would have revoked his license. But Scarborough ordered the prayer for judgment continued. Moroso would not have needed a driver's license to compete in races on private tracks.

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