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Man charged after allegedly hitting woman with vehicle

January 11, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Hagerstown man was charged with hitting a woman with his car Tuesday while he pulled out of the driveway of his Heather Drive home, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Ryan Shifflet said.

Brian Tritapoe, 27, of 12125 Heather Drive, allegedly was fighting with his wife, left his house, then returned to the house, where his wife's family was waiting when the alleged incident occurred, Shifflet said.

Tritapoe's wife's family confronted him and he tried to leave in his 1992 Toyota Corolla. It was then that he allegedly struck with his car Teresa Hazlerig, his father-in-law's girlfriend, who was standing in front of his vehicle, Shifflet said.

Hazlerig, 35, of 908 Florida Ave. in Martinsburg, W.Va., was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, Shifflet said.

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A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that Hazlerig was treated in the hospital's emergency room and released.

Shifflet said the fight between Tritapoe and his wife was over a cell phone that Tritapoe allegedly broke.

Tritapoe was charged with second-degree assault and two counts of malicious destruction of property, one count stemming from the broken cell phone, Shifflet said.

The second count alleges Tritapoe struck his father-in-law's car after he struck Hazlerig, Shifflet said.

Tritapoe was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, Shifflet said.

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