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Arrest made in Wilkesboro scooter hit-and-run

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Scott Richard Anderson, 38, was driving with a suspended license when he struck a man riding a scooter in a hit-and-run crash near Wilkesboro, N.C., on Monday, Feb. 27, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The victim, a resident of the nearby Broadway community, was severely hurt in the crash, news reports said. He suffered injuries to his spleen, pancreas and kidneys, a family member said, and had extensive abrasions.

Anderson, of Traphill, was charged with felony hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.

Photo by Argazkiak

Fortunately, the victim in this accident was wearing a helmet.

The victim, who was on his way home from work, initially declined to be taken to a hospital. He later became sick and was taken to Wilkes Regional Medical. Reports said he was suffering severe internal bleeding and was transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

It is disturbing that this victim’s internal injuries were so severe, and yet he did not realize the physical danger he was facing until later, after he had been taken home.

Even after a minor accident it is wise to be examined by a doctor. Symptoms of injuries can surface well after the actual event.

The victim was still at the Wake Forest Medical Center under intensive care on Thursday.

Anderson allegedly hit the victim from behind at 8:50 p.m. on Speedway Road near Fishing Creek Road.

According to Trooper K.W. Dean, the hit-and-run car had damage on the passenger’s side, including a missing headlight and side mirror. The scooter was almost torn in half, Dean said.

Anderson was arrested late Wednesday morning. Dean told the Wilkes Journal Patriot newspaper that he had been given information that led to the arrest.

Which illustrates one of several circumstances that are common to hit-and-run crimes, and are common in helping the police catch the perpetrators.

Other people in a community are usually aware when someone has a bad driving record but is still driving without a license. I would venture to say that many of those people vehemently disapprove of that illegal activity – and are willing to serve as a valuable source for investigators.
Also, when a driver without a license knows that a wreck was his fault, that naturally leads to panic, and even desperation. This was a violent crash, and it’s hard to believe the driver did not know that he had hit a scooter.

In this case the hit-and-run car was silver, and a TV report described the missing parts of the vehicle. I’m sure plenty of people knew the suspect had access to a silver car. Pieces of the damaged vehicle left at the scene can tie the accident to the car, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find out who was in possession of that car at 8:50 p.m. Monday.