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Update: Norcross Man on Scooter Dies in Wreck

James Scarbrough, 72, died on scene at the Beaver Ruin and Indian Trail intersection from a two-vehicle crash Saturday.

Updated, June 18, 11:07 a.m.

A 72-year-old Norcross man on a scooter died from a collision Saturday at the intersection of Beaver Ruin Road and Indian Trail Road.

James Scarbrough died on scene following the wreck involving a passenger vehicle, said Norcross Police spokesman Capt. Brian Harr.

Scarbrough was waiting for a green light in order to turn left onto Beaver Ruin when a car ran through a red light and hit him.

Scarbrough was an instrumental part of Sustainable Norcross, among other city projects, said city PR manager Tixie Fowler.

Harr said charges are pending against the car's driver, Lorena Cortez-Nova. The 46-year-old was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center to be treated and has been released.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, Norcross Police sent out an email and text message advisory through Nixle to avoid the intersection at Beaver Ruin and Indian Trail because of the wreck.

"A vehicle crash near has closed the intersection and will require a detour of traffic for the next several hours," says the message. It also suggests taking I-85 and Buford Highway as alternative routes.

On-scene photographer Kate Awtrey reported that officers were rerouting cars through the strip mall parking lot on the corner of the intersection.

Investigators restructured the scene Monday morning on the eastbound lane of Beaver Ruin at Indian Trail for a follow-up investigation. The lane was shut down from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m, said Norcross Police spokesman Capt. Brian Harr in a press release.

The have been scheduled for Scarbrough.

amy2go June 19, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I'm so very sorry for the family and friends of Mr. Scarbrough. I did not know him. I am apart of the Atlanta scooter society and I know my scootering peers nationwide have heard about this and are also saddened to hear of this preventable tragedy. Most scooter riders go out of their way to avoid accidents because we know that cars really don't care to share the road. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with him, and part of his legacy is the safety lessons his loss will pass on to others - and hopefully save another rider's life.
norma June 19, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Rest and peace mr. Scarbrough
Ground Chuck June 19, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Beaver Ruin Road should be renamed Beaver Ruin Raceway. I am fed up with the wreckless driving and excessive speeding that goes on. The City could reap thousands from speeding tickets and perhaps get some people off the road who do not belong behind the wheel.
Sarah Bakhtiari June 20, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Norcross Patch has an obituary for James Scarbrough. Read it here: http://patch.com/A-vsV0
Kartrina Jones June 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
It's too bad the driver was illegal and didn't have insurance nor a driver's license.

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