Sister Of MS 150 Accident Victim Blames Safety Volunteer

Monday, September 18th 2006, 6:04 am
By: News On 6

A 15 year-old Catoosa boy died during a charity bike ride over the weekend. Now his sister is speaking out about the accident.

Charlie Vogann died when authorities say he pulled out in front of an oncoming semi-truck just south of Okay. Sabrina Aldrich was riding alongside her little brother when he was hit and she says the accident could have been avoided.

Aldrich says she and Charlie were riding together in Saturday's Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour when a volunteer safety worker waved Vogann into the intersection. That's when authorities say Vogann pulled out in front of an oncoming semi-truck.

Aldrich says the accident was not her brother's fault; the worker should have stopped the riders. Sabrina Aldrich: "one stop would have saved his life, if she said hey better safe than sorry, better safe than sorry, I better stop these kids, he would have been alive, life would have been normal, and I would have been happy."

Vogann was a sophomore at Catoosa High School. This was the second year in a row that Vogann and Aldrich rode in the charity bike ride.

The News on 6 talked with Paula Cortner who's the President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cortner says the entire organization is distraught over the incident and has offered its condolences to Charlie's family.

She says the organization plans to conduct a full investigation into what happened.