2010-08-04 / Front Page

Moped-ist hospitalized after crash

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

Gaffney Firefighter Michael Scruggs pulls off his rubber gloves as an ambulance whisks a 41-yearold Gaffney man away to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center following a moped accident on North Limestone Street. (Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) Gaffney Firefighter Michael Scruggs pulls off his rubber gloves as an ambulance whisks a 41-yearold Gaffney man away to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center following a moped accident on North Limestone Street. (Ledger photo / TIM GULLA) A 41-year-old Gaffney man was listed in serious condition Tuesday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in the wake of a Monday morning moped accident during which he reportedly landed on his head.

The accident occurred at 11:23 a.m. Monday when Jack Wilkins, of Bonner Lake Road, ran into the back of a stopped pickup truck in the roadway and was ejected from his moped, according to Trooper Billy Elder of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Witnesses at the scene said the driver of the moped, whom they did not know by name, landed on his head and struck the ground hard. They said he was bleeding from his ears after the accident.

Elder confirmed that Wilkins was not wearing a helmet.

According to Elder, the driver of the truck, identified as Yvonne Dawkins, 65, of Concord Road, was stopped in the roadway waiting for another vehicle to make a left turn.

Elder said the accident remains under investigation.

Inquiries were made at the accident scene about bringing in a helicopter for transport but a decision was made to take Wilkins to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

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