Ashland Police Chief expresses sorrow over Sgt's wife's death

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Ashland's Police Chief called the death of the wife of one of the department's sergeants tragic and immeasurable in a letter released Tuesday morning.

Meg Menzies, wife of Sgt. Scott Menzies, was killed Monday morning when she was struck by a drunk driver while jogging on E. Patrick Henry Road, according to police.

Chief Doug Goodman recalled Meg as a part of the law enforcement family who will be sorely missed. He wrote her death stunned and saddened the department and said a number of offers for help have been coming in to the department.

Donations can be made to the Ashland Police Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization established to help its members in times of need. They can be sent to the "Ashland Foundation" at 601 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

Dr. Michael J. Carlson, 47, faces involuntary manslaughter and DUI charges in connection with the crash. His bond was set at $25,000 during a court appearance Tuesday. The judge ordered Carlson to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet and told him not to drive without the court's permission.

Dr. Carlson is a primary care physician in Ashland. He works at the Theresa A. Thomas practice, which is part of Bon Secours. He works as an internist and is still technically employed at the practice, according to a spokesperson.

Dr. Carlson is a widower who is engaged to remarry. He is the father of three children, ages, 11, 15 and 16. His fiancee has two children, as well. Carlson was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

His next court date is April 2 at 9 a.m.

Carlson was driving a pickup west on E. Patrick Henry Road around 8:15 a.m. Monday when he drove the truck off the right side of the road and hit Meg Menzies around Hickory Hill Road, police said. She later died at VCU Medical Center.

According to Dr. Carlson's Facebook page, he lives in Mechanicsville, and studied at the University of Richmond. A spokesperson for Bon Secours says their thoughts and prayers are with the families involved in this heartbreaking accident.

Full text of the letter from Chief Doug Goodman:

Yesterday, the Ashland Police Department suffered an immeasurable loss with the tragic death of Meg Menzies, wife of Sergeant Scott Menzies. Meg has equally been a part of our law enforcement family for nearly a decade and her presence in our midst, and especially that of her family, will be sorely missed.

With her support, Sergeant Menzies has been a steadfast catalyst for improving safety in our community. Whether working late on DUI enforcement patrols or coming in on his day off to lead a public education program focusing on the dangers of drunk driving, Sgt. Menzies always had her unyielding support. To lose his wife in this manner is simply unfathomable.

The Ashland Police family is stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic and senseless loss.  In response to the many offers of assistance, donations can be made to the Ashland Police Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization established to help its members in times of need. Donations can be sent to the "Ashland Foundation" at 601 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

We would like to thank Hanover Fire/EMS, the staff at VCU's Emergency Room, the Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney's Office for their assistance.

This case remains under the investigation of the Hanover County Sheriff's Office, but any media inquiries that do not pertain to the investigation may be forwarded to Lt. James Shelhorse. As we mourn with his family, we ask the media to please respect the family's privacy during this time of bereavement.

With deep sadness,

Chief Doug Goodman

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