Collision sends moped rider to hospital


First Posted: 4/13/2009

A moped rider was taken to an area hospital with a possible neck injury after a collision with a vehicle driven by a local reverend.
The Mount Airy Police Department is investigating the Sunday night accident on Riverside Drive which resulted in Joshua Lance Hall, 23, of 818 Hamburg St., being transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Hall was operating a 2008 SunL moped that was traveling south on Riverside Drive about 9:30 p.m. when it collided with a northbound 2001 Chevrolet passenger car driven by the Rev. Billie Lee Duncan King, 61, of 515 Riverside Drive.
King allegedly drove her car into the path of the moped as she attempted to turn left onto Sydnor Street and the larger vehicle was struck in Halls lane of travel, according to Officer G.E. Daughenbaugh, who investigated the collision. The moped rider reportedly hit the windshield of the Chevrolet before landing in the roadway.
The driver of the car told the investigating officer that she did not see the moped as she began the turn. The two-wheel vehicle was estimated to be traveling 30 mph at the point of impact.
Daughenbaugh said it was feared that Hall might have suffered a serious neck injury and he was transported to the Winston-Salem trauma center. However, he was not listed as a patient at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Monday.
Neither King nor a passenger in her car, Winnie Mae Banner, 60, of 214 Jones School Road, were injured.
The officer was unsure Monday if any charges will be filed in the incident, explaining that his preliminary investigation could lead to a follow-up inquiry by another department member including a reconstruction of the collision.
There was no word on when a complete investigation would be concluded.
No evidence of alcohol or drug use was found, according to Daughenbaugh.
Damages estimated at $2,500 occurred to the car, with the moped receiving damages put at $1,200.

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