Scooter accident leaves rider injured

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UPDATED 10/20/11 — Virginia State Police are investigating the late Monday incident.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter



WOODLAWN — A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office vehicle struck a scooter traveling east on U.S. 58 at about 11:44 p.m. Monday.
Involved in the accident were Deputy Tony Horton and scooter rider Stephen M. Ogle, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Horton had been headed to Hillsville at the time to gas up, when his vehicle hit something in the road, near 58’s intersection with Woodlawn Road, according to the report.
It was dark, near midnight. Horton said that he saw no lights.
When the deputy got out of his vehicle to see what was going on, he discovered the scooter at the front of his car.
Horton then called for help from emergency medical personnel.
Ogle, 44, of Woodlawn, was flown out for treatment at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Virginia State Police Trooper Chuck Campbell is investigating the accident.
The trooper said he is looking into a number of things about the scooter that may have contributed to the accident.
He retrieved the lights from the back of the 2009 Jonway scooter to send off to the lab to see if analysis can determine if they had been operational at the time of the accident.
Campbell also noted the scooter had been carrying two bags of groceries and a case of soda, so he’s investigating the possibility that they were blocking the scooter’s lights.
The trooper is also checking whether this scooter had been in an accident before. He noted that parts of the scooter were being held on with baling twine.