Attempt to move turtle from roadway results in crash, injury
Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2020
PIKE COUNTY, MO – The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that two motorcyclists collided at Highway 79 near its intersection with Highway YY on Saturday afternoon, when one biker stopped to remove a turtle from the road.
Carolyn Hemphill, 67, noticed a turtle in the roadway as she rode past it, and decided to turn around and move it to safety. She was attempting a u-turn when her 2017 Kawasaki Z650 was struck by a 2019 Suzuki GSX operated by Aaron Hemphill, 69.
Ms. Hemphill suffered serious injuries in the accident and was taken by Air Evac to Mercy St. Louis Hospital for treatment. It does not seem that Mr. Hemphill was injured in the crash.
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