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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  • by Rayhawk Location: Beech Island SC on May 30, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Still nothing to explain how you hit a man and drive away from the scene. It was the next day before they found her do we get to know if she was driving drunk? Just how fast and close was she traveling that she hit Jim in either scenerio? Michael only had minor wounds, if he was hit by Jim not an SUV why would the first reports say he was hit by a car? Seems odd that Jim would hit someone hard enough to down the bike and rider, yet still be up and riding 100 yards before deciding to go back and check. If drunk I can't see this at all if he hit another bike his reaction would have been off and he would have dropped his own, not be able to ride 100 yards.
  • by curious on May 29, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    Why would Mr Cohrs turn with an SUV behind him? How was his bike still drivable and upright after colliding with someone hard enough to knock them off the road? Why did he not go into Mrs Carpenter's windshield? How convenient none involved can talk about this but those not involved sure know what happened.
  • by S1WCS on May 29, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    Everyone is making Ginger out to be a monster. She is one of the sweets people I know. My prayers are with all the families involved. My heart grieve for the lost of the Cohrs family. Please wait until the whole story comes out before judging someone. Never judge a person by what the media has to say. As the good book says: Judge not lest ya be judged. Thoughts and prayers for all. :)
  • by concerned citizen Location: warrenville on May 29, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    The Iron Horse Bar and Grill knowlingly serve patrons who are beyond the leagle limnit to drive.Look at the pictures they have on their website of a recently deceased man who is passed out at their bar. Yet they promote this as a memorial. The man had been at their establishment prior to his arrest on January 19. He died March 1st. The Iron Horse also needs to be held responsible if toxoligy shows they were over the limit of alcohol comsumption. They probally have already posted on their website pictures of the recent deceased drinking and or drunk.
  • by NOYB Location: Aiken on May 29, 2008 at 03:42 AM
    News 12 try a little harder to get the facts when reporting a story. A simple look at the SUV involved will show you the damage is not consistent with hitting an UPRIGHT motorcycle. See how simple that is.
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