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Student struck by car in W.Va.

January 08, 2009

INWOOD, W.Va. -- A 13-year-old Musselman Middle School student was taken to Fairfax Inova Hospital in Falls Church, Va., Thursday morning after he was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 11 while walking to school, police and a Berkeley County Schools spokesperson said.

The boy, identified by West Virginia State Police as Michael Otts, was being treated for a skull fracture, broken shoulder, bruises and cuts, but his father later told school officials that his son was in good spirits, schools Director of Communications Jaimee Borger said.

West Virginia State Police said the student was walking south toward school and was crossing U.S. 11 when a 2002 Toyota Camry driven by a Musselman High School student, Megan Ann Smith, 16, of Inwood, struck him between 7:10 and 7:15 a.m.

The incident happened near Master's Hardware store and Viva Mexico Family Restaurant in Inwood, Borger said.

Police said no charges are expected to be filed against the driver, who they said was driving at less than 20 mph at the time of the crash.

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