By RICK HAYES
---- — MT. VERNON — A four-wheeler accident Sunday in the city’s midsection involving a pedestrian resulted in injuries to three people.
The accident happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 400 block of Jordan.
According to Mt. Vernon Police, the four-wheeler operated by 26-year-old Zackery Lumpkins of Mt. Vernon was eastbound on Jordan. As the unit crossed the railroad tracks at a high rate of speed, a pedestrian was standing in the roadway waving his arms.
Lumpkins swerved to avoid hitting the pedestrian, identified as 32-year-old Michael S. Geuvens of Mt. Vernon.
Lumpkins struck Geuvens. Lumpkins and a passenger on the ATV, 23-year-old Jana L. Bonifacius of Mt. Vernon, were thrown from the vehicle. Police said the vehicle flipped on its side and slid approximately 50 feet to the intersection of Fourth and Jordan where it came to rest without hitting any other vehicles.
Lumpkins and Bonifacius received major injuries and were taken to Crossroads Community Hospital. Geuvens was also transported to Crossroads by Litton’s Ambulance Service.
At least two of those injured were transferred to an out-of-town facility, according to police, although those transferred were not immediately identified.
Lumpkins was ticketed on charges of aggravated driving under the influence causing great bodily harm, driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing or eluding police.
According to sheriff’s department logs, a deputy was called to assist the MVPD with the apprehension of the four-wheeler, reportedly on the roadway with open alcohol.