Man, 74, dies after traffic incident in Trenton


Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 1:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 1:54 p.m.

Trenton has recorded its first possibly traffic-related death in more than five years.

Police Chief Billy Smith said the fatality remained under investigation on Monday.

On Thursday, Jewel Lewis, 74, of Trenton, was riding his electric scooter south across State Road 26 from the Capital City Bank branch office to a hamburger stand across the two-lane highway. At the same time, Jared Gore, 27, of Chiefland, had just made a left turn onto SR 26 and bumped the back of the scooter, Smith said.

“We thought this was a minor traffic collision,” Smith said. “His (Lewis’) scooter didn’t even turn over when it was bumped. It happened when he hit the curb. We didn’t even think he was hurt, but he went to the hospital with a few bumps and bruises.”

Smith said doctors determined Lewis had a broken hip and shoulder. Lewis died in an area hospital on Friday. An autopsy was performed, but Smith said the preliminary results were inconclusive and that it could take weeks for a final autopsy report to be issued.

The investigation was continuing Monday afternoon and no charges had been filed.

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