Deputy cited for careless driving in Moped accident

By: Cecile Juliette Email
By: Cecile Juliette Email

A deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office is facing careless driving charges tonight after crashing into a Moped.

It happened around 1 a.m. Thursday at 311/2 and Patterson Roads.

Colorado State Patrol says 26–year–old Ross Young was driving his patrol car on Patterson when he briefly looked down to check his police computer.

When he looked up he saw the Moped but it was too late.

Young hit the Moped going 45 miles per hour and it was going about 25.

The Moped rider was thrown into the center median.

Another car then came along and ran over the Moped, destroying it.

The Moped rider only suffered minor injuries.


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  • by JOHN Location: PEAR PARK on Jun 20, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    Angela, you have no idea what it takes to be a cop. They have to multi-task more than you think. Also, if someone is waiting at a crosswalk, they do not have the right of way, they need to wait for the road to be clear. I thank God for the fine deputies of Mesa County, as well as for the officers of Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade...oh yeah, even the troopers here. Good job guys!
  • by Angela Location: Clifton on Jun 18, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    NOW it's about time that the Sheriff's that work in this area start paying more attention. I don't know how many times I have seen officer's drive right thru the cross walk in front of the post office on F rd when there is someone standing there waiting. The computers in the car need to be treated just like cell phones. Pull over and look at them!!! Cause next time "It was too late" may be worse than this one was.
  • by TJ Location: GRAND JUNCTION on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    It's a wonder more kids on mopeds aren't run over. Those things can go up to 40 MPH and they get driven down the middle of the road. Too bad they don't have to be registered like every other motor vehicle but they are considered a bicycle. Show me a bicycle that can go 40 mph.
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