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W.Va. woman rides on hood after being hit by Jeep

May 17, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman holding onto the windshield wipers rode on the hood of a Jeep for about a block after being struck by the vehicle Saturday afternoon near the intersection of John and Raleigh streets, said a Martinsburg Police Department spokesman.

The woman fell off the Jeep after the driver slammed on the brakes, said Sgt. Glenn Macher.

The victim, Uniqua Ratford, 21, of Rock Cliff Drive, Martinsburg, was taken to City Hospital. She has since been released from the hospital, Macher said Sunday.

The 15-year-old driver of the Jeep was later spotted and stopped on John Street, Macher said. The girl, who is not being identified because of her age, was charged with kidnapping and malicious wounding, Macher said.

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The girl was being held Sunday night in the Eastern Regional Juvenile Center on South Queen Street in Martinsburg, Macher said.

A woman claimed the 15-year-old approached her in the Sycamore Village subdivision off W.Va. 9 in the Van Clevesville area, Macher said.

The 15-year-old allegedly ordered the woman to allow her to use the woman's Jeep, Macher said.

The two rode in the Jeep to Martinsburg and eventually to the intersection of John and Raleigh streets, Macher said.

Ratford was pulled over on John Street, adjusting a car seat, Macher said.

An exchange of words between Ratford and the driver of the Jeep ensued, Macher said.

The driver of the Jeep revved her engine and drove toward Ratford, Macher said.

Ratford was struck and her face hit the windshield, Macher said. Ratford grabbed the windshield wipers and rode on the hood for about a block and a half before the driver slammed on the brakes, Macher said.

Ratford then fell off the Jeep, he said.

Police said Ratford was struck about 1:21 p.m.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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