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Construction worker hit

man faces charges

September 13, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

A Hagerstown man who allegedly hit a construction worker several times with his car was being held Monday on $25,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said.

Robert Carl Diffee, 46, of 17920 Garden Lane in Hagerstown, was charged with assault, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, court documents state. Diffee was charged Friday after witnesses said he struck a construction worker with his vehicle in the 300 block of West Memorial Boulevard, documents state.

A worker was holding a metal construction sign that read "Stop" and was directing traffic traveling west on West Memorial Boulevard onto Reynolds Avenue. The worker told police that Diffee was driving fast in his direction, then slammed on his brakes and skidded past the stop sign; the construction worker had to move out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle, documents state.

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Documents state the man told Diffee he could not drive that way on Memorial Boulevard because of road construction. Diffee began to wave his arms around and curse at the man, documents state.

Diffee put his vehicle in reverse, then accelerated forward, hitting the man on the left side of his body; the man landed on the roof of Diffee's vehicle and on the front windshield, documents state.

The man fell off the side of the vehicle and landed near the sidewalk; Diffee slammed on the brakes of his vehicle and drove backward toward the man, who was lying on the sidewalk, documents allege. The man told officers that Diffee drove onto the sidewalk, brushing against the side of his body, documents state.

Diffee drove forward again and again braked; then he reversed quickly and attempted to hit the construction worker again, documents state. The man told officers as the car was coming toward him, he jumped onto the stone wall and tried to use his road sign as protection from the car, documents state.

After Diffee hit the man again, he drove west on West Memorial Boulevard toward Summit Avenue, documents state.

A short time later, Diffee was involved in a crash at the intersection of East Washington and South Mulberry streets, where police identified him as the same man who assaulted the construction worker, records state.

The worker refused medical treatment at the scene, but he was in some pain, documents state.

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