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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Southeast Missouri State soccer players and coaches will take the field with heavy hearts today when the team hosts Evansville at 6:30 p.m.

Associate head coach Paul Nelson said the Redhawks' thoughts and prayers will be with senior defender Meg Herndon, who was critically injured in a scooter accident Sunday.

"They're pretty shook up," Nelson said. "It's just a difficult situation. We're all praying for her."

The scooter Herndon was driving collided with a full-size four-by-four pickup truck at the intersection of Sprigg Street and Normal Avenue, authorities said. Herndon was not wearing a helmet, according to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey, who noted that the protective gear is not required for scooter riders in Missouri.

Herndon was airlifted to Barnes-Jewish hospital in St. Louis and underwent surgery, according to a hospital official. No details of the operation were available.

Herndon has swelling on her brain and is not responsive to people, according to posts on a caringbridge.org website created in Herndon's name.

Southeast issued a statement from athletic director Mark Alnutt on Monday afternoon that confirmed Herndon was in the accident. Her name had not been released in the original accident report Sunday.

"The Southeast Missouri State University campus community was saddened to learn of the serious vehicular accident that occurred Sunday afternoon near the campus," Alnutt said in the statement. "I had the opportunity to visit with the student's family at the hospital this afternoon.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student and her family at this time, and we wish her a full and complete recovery."

Herndon, a graduate of Rockwood Summit High School in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Mo., has been a key contributor for the Redhawks the past four years.

Herndon has played in 55 games during her Southeast career and made 39 starts. She started all seven games this season and started all 19 contests last year as the Redhawks won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship.

Herndon, a nursing major, has also excelled academically, being named a Southeast Scholar-Athlete and to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll.

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Praying for this young lady

be careful out there folks

-- Posted by whube on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 7:07 AM

According to the related article from yesterday, it is obvious that the full sized 4x4 pickup truck turned in front of the scooter operator and was at fault. However, the scooter operator will probably be ticketed and the truck driver will be given a medal for taking out the pesky scooter operator, given the current attitudes in this town. This will result in the injured person holding the bag for her medical bills and 4x4 Bubba can go on his merry way to terrorize someone else again.

-- Posted by Cyclista on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 9:45 AM

Would like to know where the police are in their investigation of this accident. It appears the truck must have failed to yield to the scooter. Anyone familiar with the laws concerning the use of scooters on the road? As far as I can tell none of them appear to be licensed. Can anyone ride one on any road?

-- Posted by chinook on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 10:17 AM

chinook, all a person is required to have to operate a scooter is a valid driver's license. They can legally ride on the roadways and streets in Missouri.


-- Posted by Cyclista on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 12:42 PM

Monday's paper said the driver of the truck said he had the green light.

To ride a scooter you don't have to have a vehicle license or any kind of insurance. From what I understand you don't even have to have a driver's license. Maybe someone can verify that. If you drive on Sprigg between Bertling and Broadway you see lots and lots of scooters. I don't know about this accident and hope and pray the student will be o.k., but a lot of the kids on these scooters think they don't have to obey the traffic laws. They weave in and out of traffic and more accidents are going to happen. It seems they should be required to take some responsibility - like insurance.

-- Posted by Sunday on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 4:37 PM

If the driver had a green light, then the scooter also had a green light and had the right of way. Big difference between a green arrow and a green light. The sign there clearly states 'left turn yield on green'. The fact he said green light and not green arrow is all anyone needs to know.

-- Posted by PatK on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 5:43 PM

It's so frightening to see all of these young people out riding scooters on the roads without helmets. I hope this will be a wake up call, and I hope above all that this young woman makes it through her injuries.

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Wed, Sep 12, 2012, at 6:59 PM

Folks, this should be a wake-up call to all you texting, eating or phone talking drivers out there.

We need our drivers to be more attentive and pay attention to the what is going on around them.

How long till a inattentive driver runs over a somebody on a bike or a kid.

This was a terrible accident and no amount of playing Monday morning QB is going to change what happened and additional government regulation only takes us one more step toward a nanny state.

Be responsible and take RESPONSIBILITY for your actions!

-- Posted by wmd sasquatch on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 7:49 AM

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