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Driver of vehicle that struck boy is charged

August 31, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

ST. JAMES -- The driver of the vehicle that struck an 8-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle Thursday night on Jordan Road has been charged in the incident, according to police.

Meghann Marie Weaver, 21, of Fairplay, has been charged with negligent driving, driving at a speed greater than reasonable and reckless driving, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Thompson said Monday night.

The boy, David Greeley, continues to be "critically stable" at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., his father said Monday morning.

"We've been overwhelmed with this traumatic situation. We would like to extend very special thanks to everyone involved," said David's father, Scott Greeley. "We've been blessed with so much generosity and the power of prayer."

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David has undergone several extensive surgeries and his injuries will be addressed as his condition improves, his father said.

The family is setting up a Web site where people can get updates on the boy's condition; they will provide the site's address to The Herald-Mail when it is accessible, Greeley said.

David suffered compound fractures to both legs and a head injury when he was struck by a Pontiac Grand Am at about 7 p.m. Thursday in front of 9045 Jordan Road, police said.

Weaver was driving over the crest of a hill when the boy was struck, deputies said.

David is a third-grader at Fountain Rock Elementary School, not far from where the accident occurred.

Crisis counselors were called to the school to meet with students Friday, but school officials didn't think additional counselors were needed at the school Monday, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said Monday night.

"It's really sad. He is a wonderful, wonderful little boy," school Principal Mike Telemeco said Saturday after visiting the child at the hospital.

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