National Highway: Moped, minivan collide
A Thomasville man suffered serious injuries Monday afternoon after a minivan hit his moped head-on at the intersection of National Highway and Hasty School Road.
According to Sgt. John Elgin with Thomasville Police Department's traffic safety enforcement unit, emergency personnel transported Nathan Wade Rose, 25, of 456 Pleasant Grove Church Road, to High Point Regional Hospital with extensive injuries to his legs and hip following a collision with a minivan driven by Virginia Bott Clark, 47, 160 Puck Lane. Elgin said he expected Rose to be transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for trauma care
"He suffered heavy injuries to his body as a result of the collision," Elgin said. "[Rose] was wearing an approved helmet. His injuries could be construed as life-threatening, but due to the quick response of our medical team in the area, his chances are definitely increased."
According to police, Rose was traveling south on National Highway when Clark struck him as she attempted to turn left onto Hasty School Road. Clark received a citation for failure to yield the right-of-way.
"Evidence shows that, according to witness statements, the moped entered into the intersection as he was allowed to and the minivan failed to yield the right-of-way when making the left turn," said Elgin. "We arrived and found a very damaged motor scooter facing south on National Highway. The rider after impact was ejected onto Hasty School Road. [Clark] said she just didn't see him."
Elgin said drivers making a left turn onto Hasty School Road from National Highway need to remember to yield to oncoming traffic at the flashing yellow arrow.
"We also urge drivers to pay attention for motorcycles and motor scooters," Elgin said.
Investigators found no evidence of speeding.
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