A recent incident that occurred in North Carolina involved a motor scooter and a pedestrian. One of the individuals involved was a college athlete who has since been removed from the team. Another man, who suffered a personal injury in the accident, was reportedly standing on a sidewalk, where he was waiting for a bus at the time the collision occurred.
The college football running back was dismissed from his team less than 24 hours after being deemed responsible for injuring the pedestrian. Apparently, he was operating a motor scooter on a sidewalk when he struck a man who was standing at a bus stop. The victim has stated that he knew he was still coherent after the moped hit him because he could see the blood that was splattered on his own shirt.
Officials say that the football player left the scene after having a brief conversation with the man he struck with his scooter. The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital where his wounds required stitches. He later said that he remembers standing awaiting a bus before suddenly being struck by the oncoming moped.
The 22-year-old North Carolina athlete now faces multiple charges, including failure to stop and render aid and failure to provide information. He was also cited for driving an unregistered motor vehicle and for driving it on the sidewalk. Anyone who has suffered a personal injury under similar circumstances may wish to consider to filing a legal claim in a civil court. In a successfully litigated case, a compensatory award can be used to help pay medical bills related to treatments rendered in connection with an accident.
Source: wral.com, “NC State RB Shadrach Thornton kicked off team following arrest“, Sept. 30, 2015