Nov. 2, 2006: Scooter death may have involved another vehicle
By Shavonne Potts
First published November 02, 2006
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a May scooter accident in which a China Grove man died.
Michael Jason Brown, 27, of 1665 Lentz Road, was riding his motorized scooter when it overturned on U.S. 52 between Granite Quarry and Rockwell.
“Since that time, some information was given to (District Attorney) Bill Kenerly that shows it was possibly not a one-vehicle accident,” Sheriff George Wilhelm said.
He said witnesses came forward, but no charges have been filed.
Wilhelm said that while the N.C. Highway Patrol investigated the initial wreck and determined it was an accident, his office was asked to look into the matter.
He said investigators have been looking into the case for a couple of weeks.
At the time of the accident, family members expressed concern over the wreck.
In May, Betty Brown, Michael Brown’s grandmother, told a Post reporter that family members were puzzled about how the accident could have happened. She said she could not believe her grandson simply lost control of his scooter in the middle of U.S. 52.
Betty Brown said in May that her grandson was comfortable on scooters since he also rode dirt bikes.
Betty and her husband, Roy, said they practically raised Michael. He lived with them until he was 16.
Attempts to contact Betty Brown on Wednesday were unsuccessful.