July 24, 2019

Wrong-way British driver in head-on at Lily Bay

LILY BAY — Two motorists narrowly escaped serious injury Friday after their vehicles collided head-on on Lily Bay Road in Lily Bay Township.

“I guess it was a bit of my fault. I was driving on the wrong side of the road,” John Rankin Scoon, a resident of Great Britain, told Trooper Eugene Sutton.

The 59-year old Scoon had been traveling to Lily Bay to visit with friends at their camp when he missed the turn to the camp, according to Sutton. Scoon turned his vehicle around in the Lily Bay State Park entrance and proceeded northbound, but in the wrong traffic lane. Scoon’s vehicle collided on a curve with a vehicle driven by Donald Theriault, 27, of Rockwood.

Theriault, who was not wearing a seat belt, received knee injuries and minor chest bruises, Sutton said. Scoon, who was wearing his seat belt, was uninjured.

Theriault’s 1984 Dodge pickup received damage estimated at $3,500 to $4,000, while the vehicle Scoon was driving was considered a total loss.

Sutton said no charges were pending from the 11 a.m. accident. He said Scoon was expected to return to his native country on Sunday, June 17. Sutton said Scoon had been touring the United States for three weeks.

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