"Driver of Vehicle: Rodney Teon McCoy (B-M, 28 yoa) 2910-A New Walkertown Road
*** Charges: “No Operator’s License” (citation)
Passenger of Vehicle: 2 year old female child
Involved Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Charger
On Oct. 21 at 7:11am, members of both the Winston-Salem Police Department and the Winston-Salem Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle collision in the 1400 block of W. Northwest Boulevard. This portion of roadway is geographically located between RJR High School and Wiley Middle School and has an access tunnel (that runs underneath Northwest Blvd)which connects RJR High School to the gymnasium by means of a protected walkway for students.
The vehicle was initially traveling eastbound when it crossed the centerline and ran off of the north side of the roadway. The vehicle then collided with the steel roof that covered the top side of the access tunnel. The force of the collision severely bent the steel roof and the vehicle came to rest on top of the tunnel side-support walls (see below picture). The vehicle was partially suspended in the air but the transmission was still engaged, which made the vehicle’s position very unstable. The driver was able to escape from the vehicle but the 2 year old child was still inside of the unstable and severely damaged vehicle.
Officer Travis McFadden arrived on the scene and was able to quickly assess the incident. He determined the vehicle could cause significant injury to the child if it were to fall down into the tunnel (which was approximately 10 feet down). Officer McFadden then took immediate action by climbing into the vehicle to render aid and then movingthe child to safety. The child was not injured but was taken to WFU Baptist Medical Center as a precautionary measure.
Officer McFadden is the School Resource Officer for Kingswood High School.
The cause of this collision was determined to be an object inside of the vehicle that had become wedged against the gas pedal, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
The RJR High School access tunnel has been closed for repairs.
This incident occurred before children began arriving to school and it caused a higher level of traffic congestion than usual. The scene has been cleared and traffic is now operating normal.
The Winston-Salem Police Department requests that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800."
- A Police Report