Two accidents cause great damages

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Two accidents kept Suffolk Police and Fire units and the Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad busy on Saturday.

The first took place on Route 58 East, about a mile from Welch Parkway at 5:27 p.m., when a 2004 Chevrolet Envoy driven by Michael Wazell Scott crossed two lanes of traffic, overcorrected and struck the left side guard rail. The vehicle, which according to police was traveling at around 79 miles per hour prior to the crash, flipped several times before coming to rest on its side atop the guard rail and resting with its roof against trees lining the roadway.

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Scott, a resident of Franklin, was injured and he also was ticketed for failure to maintain control.

The vehicle, leased from Champion Chevrolet in Franklin, is considered a total loss with $40,000 in damages.

In the second incident, the driver and a passenger narrowly escaped serious injury when their vehicle and a boat they were towing ran off the side of Whaleyville Boulevard.

The accident to place at 7:39 p.m. near the intersection of Liberty Spring Road when the driver, Bobbie Roberson of Greenville, N.C., ran her 2000 Jeep Cherokee off the side of the pavement and struck a road sign and a tree. Upon impact, the boat they were towing detached from the trailer and rammed into the vehicle.

Both the vehicle and the boat sustained heavy damages with about $15,000 damages to the Jeep. Both the driver and passenger, Johnnie B. Roberson, sustained injuries and charges are pending.