GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., man has been charged with driving under the influence with death in an April 8 accident that claimed the life of a young bicyclist.
Travis Lee Olinger, 19, initially was charged with DUI with injury after Christopher Begeman, 7, of Gerrardstown, was struck near his home. Begeman, who sustained head injuries, was flown to Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., and placed on life support, authorities said.
Begeman was pronounced brain dead Saturday, according to West Virginia State Police.
Olinger was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the new charge, which is also a misdemeanor.
A misdemeanor DUI with death conviction carries a prison term of 90 days to one year.
Police said Begeman was riding his bicycle at about 7:50 p.m. when he was struck by a northbound 1998 Chevrolet Metro on Union Corner Road north of Gerrardstown.
The boy's head hit the right front windshield and he was thrown into a yard, Boober said.