State police have charged a South Carolina woman with driving while impaired, reckless driving and other offenses following Tuesday night’s wreck on I-77 in north Charlotte that injured Davidson College baseball coach Dick Cooke.
The 27-year-old Clover, S.C., woman also was charged with driving while her license was revoked, failure to have insurance and failure to wear a seat belt, according to a State Highway Patrol spokesman.
Both the woman and Mr. Cooke were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the crash, which was reported around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. Her condition was not known Friday. Mr. Cooke is recovering at the hospital with broken bones, cuts, a punctured lung and other injuries.
The Highway Patrol spokesman on Friday said gave this account of the wreck:
Mr. Cooke was driving his Dodge van north on I-77 about two-tenths of a mile south of I-485. The other driver was also headed north at high speed when she hit the rear end of the van. The crash sent Mr. Cooke’s car spinning off the right side of the road and into several trees.
Her car also ran off the right side of the road, striking a highway sign and then several trees. The extent of her injuries was not known Friday.
Mr. Cooke, who lives in Davidson and has coached baseball at the college for 22 years, was seriously injured, but doctors have told his family he is stable, and expected to recover.
Sept. 19, 2012, “Davidson baseball coach Cooke seriously hurt in I-77 crash”