ASHLAND, Va. (WTVR) –At a tearful Monday evening church service friends remembered Meg Menzies as a loving and devoted wife and mother.
They said she was the person who would have given her own life for someone else.
Dr. Michael J. Carlson, 47, was driving the 2008 Toyota Sequoia that struck Menzies while jogging around 8:15 Monday morning. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and D.U.I., according to Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Chris Whitley.
Menzies, mother to three young children, was jogging along E. Patrick Henry Rd. near Hickory Hill Rd. She was taken to VCU Medical Center where she died shortly after.
Menzies was well known with her community, and well-respected by the tight-knit Richmond Road Runners Club. Don Garber, who heads up the marathon training team for the Richmond Sportsbackers, said Menzies was an exceptional marathon runner and that the running community is devastated.
“It’s just shock. It’s too early to have a reaction other than shock. A young lady with young kids- she was a very good runner,” Garber said.
“She ran 3.05, for a woman that is very good.”
She was training to run the Boston Marathon.
The 2008 Toyota Sequoia driven by Dr. Carlson was traveling west on E. Patrick Henry Road when it ran off the right side of the roadway while in a curve, and then struck Menzies.
“The pedestrian was jogging east on the westbound shoulder of the roadway,” Lt. Chris R. Whitley said in a statement. “The victim, an adult female, was transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries by Hanover Fire-EMS, where she later died as a result of her injuries.”
Charlotte Perkins, spokeswoman with the Bon Secours hospital, confirmed with CBS 6 that the person charged was employed by the hospital system at the Theresa Thomas Medical Center in Ashland, as an internist.
Carlson is jailed at Pamunkey Regional Jail pending his arraignment.
“As this is an open and active investigation we will have no further comment at this time,” Perkins said to CBS 6.