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Condition of boy hit by SUV improves

February 27, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

HERSHEY, Pa. - The boy who suffered a severe arm injury after being struck by an SUV in the front yard of his Williamsport home Sunday was listed in fair condition at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center Thursday, a center spokeswoman said.

Monte Jones, a Williamsport councilman and the father of Tyler Jones, 12, said his son has had several surgical procedures at the medical center during the week, and that, despite concerns from authorities, his arm did not have to be amputated.

On Sunday, a Jeep Cherokee hopped a curb at 6:15 p.m., struck Tyler Jones and pinned him on the ground in the front yard of his 215 Artizan St. home, deputies said.

The 16-year-old driver, who was not named, was charged as a juvenile with negligent driving, reckless driving, operator not restrained by seat belt, driving spinning wheels, driving motor vehicle in a manner intended to cause skidding, failure to control speed to avoid collision, speed greater than reasonable, failure upon seeing child to exercise proper precaution, unsafe lane change, failure of vehicle driver in bodily injury accident to provide license to police, violating a license restriction and failure to display license upon demand, Washington County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Todd Kerns said.

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Kerns said the driver had a provisional license at the time of the crash.

A date has not been set for his appearance in juvenile court, Kerns said.

Kerns said the Washington County State's Attorney's Office was consulted on the matter.

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