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Driver charged after camp van flips while doing doughnuts

Posted August 21, 2013

Marvitto Christie

— A driver for a summer camp in Wilson has been charged with child abuse after his van overturned while he was doing doughnuts in a parking lot, police said Wednesday.

Marvitto Christie, of 206 Vance St., was arrested last Tuesday on 17 counts of child abuse and one count of careless and reckless driving.

Police said they responded to Gillette Park, at 3238 Corbett Ave., last Friday afternoon regarding a motor vehicle accident and found a Save-A-Youth van on its side in the parking lot near the baseball complex.

Seventeen passengers, ages 6 to 14, were taken to Wilson Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of injuries.

Witnesses told police that the bus driver was spinning the van in circles in the parking lot, which is commonly known as "doing doughnuts" because of the rings of skid marks left on the pavement.

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  • joefurloughski Aug 29, 10:50 a.m.

    Perhaps the name should be changed to "Scare-A-Youth" program.

  • Bogged Down Aug 27, 5:22 p.m.

    He flipped a Save-A-Youth van full of children??? Oh, the irony. It would be funny were it not so serious.

  • The Soldier Aug 27, 2:18 p.m.

    This is sad. Happy that no kids were hurt. When you grow up and become a adult you put away childish things. It all starts in the home.

  • beaupeep Aug 21, 4:23 p.m.

    looking at a picture from another site, i'd have to say "flipped" is a bit of an exaggeration. the donuts resulted in more like a jelly roll.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Aug 21, 4:21 p.m.

    child abuse is a little bit of an overcharge. It was obviously reckless but not malicious. Endangerment is a proper charge.

    submoa
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    Ummm...endangerment was when he did the doughnuts. Abuse came when they got hurt, to any degree. Obviously you didn't have a kid on that bus. And no, neither did I. But I have kids and if someone flipped them in a van while doing doughnuts I'd say they were abused. Even if they kids were encouraginf him (likely), he should have known better. I'm not saying he should be thrown under a jail, but he certainly abused kids whether he intended to or it was a moronic lapse in judgement

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 21, 4:17 p.m.

    All kidding aside, the kids must have been loving the doughnuts prior to the accident. That can be a lot of fun.

  • lk4 Aug 21, 4:13 p.m.

    There goes Save-A-Youth. Once the children's parents file lawsuits against Save-A-Youth and their board, and they have to hire attorneys to protect the organization and themselves they won't be able to afford the program any longer.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Aug 21, 4:11 p.m.

    "File Obamacare under that as well."

    Oh good, somebody managed to find a way to drag Obama into a totally unrelated article.

  • Unbroken Aug 21, 4:06 p.m.

    "child abuse is a little bit of an overcharge. It was obviously reckless but not malicious. Endangerment is a proper charge.
    submoa"

    As the article states- "Seventeen passengers, ages 6 to 14, were taken to Wilson Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of injuries."

    So, I am assuming that the child abuse charge(s) comes from the fact that there were actual injuries.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 21, 4:04 p.m.

    What if you expose children to a known cancer causing agent? Is that not child abuse? Cigarette smoke is a Class A carcinogen with no safe level of exposure.

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