New details emerge in deadly motorcycle hit-and-run

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 First at Five; May 28, 2008

AIKEN CTY, S.C. --- New details from News 12 on a wreck in Aiken County last week that left one motorcyclist dead, another injured and a woman arrested.

News 12's Gene Petriello is reporting the investigation is far from over, and one of the cyclists may be partly at fault.

The hit and run accident involved two motorcycles and an SUV on Storm Branch Road early last Thursday.

An anonymous source told News 12 that Jim Cohrs, who was killed in the accident, actually hit the other cyclist, Michael Younts, first.

Younts has minor injuries from the crash.

After the first crash, Cohrs went to turn around, and the source says that's when he was hit by an SUV.

State troopers have charged Ginger Carpenter with being the driver of that vehicle, and they accuse her of driving away.

The source also told News 12 Cohrs may be at fault too because he hit Younts in the first place.

Investigators are now looking into whether Cohrs or Younts could have been intoxicated at the time of the wreck.

News 12 did talk with Ginger Carpenter's husband on Wednesday. He did not want to go on camera, but did release this statement to News 12: "We are heartbroken over Mr. Cohrs' death and invite everyone to pray for his friends and family."

News 12 also learning, the owner of the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, where the two men, and possibly another cyclist, were leaving from, and another bartender saw Ginger's picture on the television and identified her as being at the bar on the night Cohrs was killed.

The sentence that Carpenter is facing carries a penalty of no less than one year and no more than 25 years in prison.


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