Woman hit by deputy's vehicle in neurotrauma unit

Riding motorized scooter
Jan. 29, 2014 @ 04:34 AM

A 59-year-old Spindale woman is a patient in the neurotrauma intensive care unit at Mission Hospital, Asheville recuperating from injuries she sustained Monday at 3:40 p.m. when she was struck by a sheriff's deputy's vehicle.

Sharon Holmes, who lives at Creekside Crossing, was driving her motorized scooter onto U.S.74B in front of McDonald's in Rutherfordton, when the scooter and a 2013 Dodge Charger driven by road patrol officer, Whitney Hunter, 26, collided.

Hunter was pulling out onto the highway from the McDonald's parking lot at the same time Holmes was driving the scooter onto the road and they struck.

Holmes was taken to Rutherford Regional Medical Center and airlifted to Asheville.

Her husband, Dan Holmes, who arrived at the scene shortly after the incident, said he has asked his wife numerous times not to ride the scooter on U.S.74B. "She was always riding along here and went to Stainless Ministry," Holmes said. The ministry is located off West Main Street in Spindale.

Another person at the scene said Holmes often rode the scooter to downtown Spindale and she was always concerned about her safety of riding on the main roads.

Sgt. P.W. Wiseman of the Rutherfordton Police Department said the investigation is continuing and there are no charges.

Hunter has been a full-time deputy since August 2011 and a reserve deputy since September 2009.

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said Hunter was not injured but was shaken up.