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Scooter driver seriously injured after collision with Durham police car

Posted January 7, 2015

Durham Police Department

— A scooter driver was seriously injured early Wednesday morning after a collision with a Durham police car.

Durham officer R.S. Cornatzer was driving a marked patrol car on Gregson Street at 2:09 a.m. when his vehicle collided with a scooter driven by Ericko Scoggins of Durham, police said. The scooter was traveling westbound on Club Boulevard and had a green light, police said.

Cornatzer was responding to an emergency request for assistance from another officer and had his lights and sirens on when the accident happened, police said.

Cornatzer was not injured. His vehicle sustained moderate damage. The scooter was a total loss.

No charges were filed as of Wednesday. The accident is under investigation.


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  • Mike Watson Jan 7, 2015
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    How did this happen... really? I see people going through red lights and driving with a firetruck/ambulance/police car with their lights and sirens on regularly. How does this happen if his lights and sirens were on, because a majority of drivers really should not be on the road due to lack of driving skill.

  • Janene DiPierro Jan 7, 2015
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    What proof is there that the officers lights and sirens were on???? I have seen them many a time run a light with the "flash" of their lights like as if that would be ok.... I just would like to know how did this happen is his lights and sirens were on??

  • johnnymanziel Jan 7, 2015

    Do I need to say it again? Get these scooters off of our roadways!