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Doctor arrested after woman killed jogging in Hanover

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UPDATE: Hanover doctor granted bond after crash kills runner, mother

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.


  • Becky

    Have a time with legal jargon of involuntary manslaughter when the
    man did willfully, deliberately, drink until intoxicated, and with forethought, recklessly, and got behind the wheel of a car, knowing
    it was illegal, and hoping he wouldn’t get caught. He caught and killed
    someone else.

  • John

    The headline or story may need some clarification. The intersection of Patrick Henry Rd. and Hickory Hill Rd is actually near Hanover Courthouse and is east of Ashland. I don’t believe anyone, including the post office, refers to the area as Mechanicsvlle, even if both the victim and the man under arrest have Mechanicsville addresses.

  • Sandy

    My heart goes out to the family. Meg will be missed by all who knew her. She was one of my little girl scout members. She will be missed. Such a lost –so he could have one more drink. Praying for the family

  • carol

    you find that surprising that drunks are drunk early in the morning? for them anytime is the right time. it’s so sad. as Christians, we must pray for both sides. it’s not easy, but it’s right.

  • Patricia

    I feel for the family. The murderer should get the max! Alcoholics have no conscience and don’t care as long as they get there liquid high.

  • Benjamen Ayscue

    Meg was a fine women. A loving wife and devoted mother. She will be missed by a great many people. It’s a shame that Virginia calls this “involuntary manslaughter” This is a Doctor that knows better then most what alcohol will do the human body. He voluntarily drank past intoxication then knowingly got behind the wheel of a Lethal weapon. This man should be imprisoned for many years, but with the money for a good lawyer he will get a slap on the wrist. This man should be made an example of. We are tired of the senseless deaths caused by addiction to mind altering drugs.

  • ajeter

    I don’t recall seeing the victim’s name in the article…nice of you folks to want to claim familiarity, but what about a little privacy and sensitivity for the family. Maybe just pray for them…

  • Sarah Beth C

    Meg is one of those people, just like her parents, that is impossible not to like. Her family has always been like a second family to me. And my heart is breaking tonight for those precious babies. “Involuntary manslaughter” would be laughable if it weren’t the actual charge. This man willingly drank and then got behind the wheel of his car, and snuffed out a precious life far too soon.

  • Jennifer

    DUI doesn’t always mean that he was drunk. It is possible that he was taking prescription medications.
    Praying for both families

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