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Moped Rider Suffers Head And Neck Injuries In Crash

Last updated on Thursday, August 16, 2012

(BEDFORD) - 48-year-old Charles Rittenhouse, of Bedford, was injured last Friday when his moped hit a vehicle and his head went through the Blazer’s back window.

According to a Bedford Police report, 61-year-old Joseph Pickens, of Bedford, had stopped on John Williams Boulevard around 3:46 p.m. and was attempting to cross Lincoln Avenue into a parking lot across the street.

When traffic cleared Pickens told police he crossed Lincoln Avenue and thought he had hit the curb. That is when he got out of his 1994 Chevrolet Blazer and found a moped rider had hit the right rear of his vehicle near the back wheel and had went through the back window.

Several witnesses at the scene say they saw Rittenhouse traveling north on Lincoln Avenue at high-rate of speed. Others say they did not see the moped, but did see Pickens pulling from John Williams Boulevard and say he was going at a slow speed. They did witness the moped hit the Blazer.

Police requested blood samples from both Rittenhouse and Pickens.

Rittenhouse had severe bleeding from his head and neck injuries and was incapacitated according to the police report.

No other information was available about Rittenhouse's condition. Pickens was not injured.

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