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Jeep hits boy in wheelchair

August 30, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A 17-year-old boy in a wheelchair was hit by a car while waiting to be picked up by a school bus Friday morning, police said.

The driver of the car was charged with driving under the influence, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker.

Because the boy is a juvenile, Walker declined to publicly release his name. The boy was taken by ambulance to Winchester Medical Center, where a spokeswoman refused to release his condition.

The teen is a student at Martinsburg High School, said Mary Jo Brown, a schools spokeswoman.

Matthew Scott Kitt, 20, of 108 Cotta Lane, Martinsburg, was charged with DUI causing injury and failure to maintain control. He is free on $7,600, according to court records.

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The accident happened on Cotta Lane when Kitt pulled out of his driveway in a Jeep Wrangler, skidded and hit the teen, police alleged. He stopped his Jeep afterward.

When Trooper T.L. Lind arrived, emergency personnel were caring for the teen, who appeared to have leg, arm and facial injuries, Walker said.

After witnesses said Kitt had hit the teen, Lind interviewed him. Kitt's breath smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, according to court records. He told police he had accidentally hit the boy, records show.

Kitt told Lind he had had around eight beers the night before and had stopped drinking around 1 a.m., according to court records. He failed three field sobriety tests and registered .194 on an Intoxilyzer test, records show.

Conviction of a charge of DUI causing injury is punishable by 24 hours to one year in jail.

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