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Teen driver charged after car hits 9-year-old in yard

Posted April 30, 2010

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— A 16-year-old driver faces assault charges after his car struck a 9-year-old girl standing in her front yard in Wilson in early March, police said Thursday.

Police said that a Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Donald James Bridges struck Rita Hamidi at 3701 Lear Court on March 9. Rita was critically wounded and hospitalized in the Pitt Memorial Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Greenville. She has been released.

Bridges, of 5517 Rock Quarry Road in Elm City, was charged Thursday with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Wilson police filed charges after consulting with the District Attorney's Office.

"This has been a very tragic and unfortunate event for everyone involved. We have striven to conduct as thorough and accurate investigation as members of our agency always do," Sgt. Luke Marcum said in a statement. "With the assistance of the District Attorney's Office, we feel that the interest of justice will be served as this case proceeds through the judicial system."

Investigators determined that speed was a factor in the collision. Police said that Bridges tried to make a wide right turn from Starship Lane onto Lear Court, but crossed the center line and ran off the road. His Eclipse struck Rita, a mailbox and utility box before coming to a stop.

Police said they do not believe the collision was intentional.

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  • KLO617 Apr 30, 2010

    "How is this teenager feeling now that he was going excessive speed and hit the girl in her own yard?"
    -wildcat

    Well, I saw him out in his front yard the very next day playing football with his brother and some friends, blasting music. So, he must have not been too remorseful.

  • KLO617 Apr 30, 2010

    Oh yeah, and I'm still wondering how he even had a license, since he dropped out of school, or was kicked out of school. whatever

  • KLO617 Apr 30, 2010

    First of all, I don't know if any of you know Donald, or DJ, personally, but I do. And, let's just say that he isn't a poster child. As soon as I heard about this and heard his name, well, I wasn't surprised. So, yes, I think he should be charged. If only the police knew all the things that I know about him. hmm

  • SweetB Apr 30, 2010

    SAD.

  • Unbroken Apr 30, 2010

    "First of all, an Eclipse is NOT any where near a sports car..."

    Wait wait wait. Really? Seriously? Which Mitsubishi Eclipse are you looking at? A station wagon or minivan are NOT sports car. So how would you clasify an Eclipse? This I have GOT to hear...

  • wildcat Apr 30, 2010

    EXCUSES WILL NEVER SAVE YOUR CHILD. TEACHING, HOWEVER WILL.

  • 5853M Apr 30, 2010

    I must be blind or other's must be reading another story. No where in this story does it say that the young man was traveling 84 miles-per-hour. For those of you that are questioning the charge you should be familiar with the term culpable negligence which is defined as recklessly acting without reasonable caution and putting another person at risk of injury or death. As far as the police "always saying speed is a factor" I can assure that it was not being "just said" in this case. I personally know the investigator in this case VERY well and know that the speeds involved were no where near 80 MPH, but I do know that speed was a factor in the case. There are numerous facts of this case that have not been released to the media, but there is sufficient reason for the police to report it was a speed related crash. I am sure if it was your loved one (especially a child) that was in Intensive care for days, that regardless of how old or how fast, the charge would certainly be justifie

  • wildcat Apr 30, 2010

    ONCE A CHILD IS BORN - THE CHILD SHOULD ALWAYS BE FIRST. SOME PARENTS DON'T SEE IT THAT WAY.

  • wildcat Apr 30, 2010

    Reader, instead of changing your life to fit the kids change the kids lives to fit yours.

    DISAGREE. THE PARENTS SHOULD SHIFT THEIR LIFE TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILD. OTHERWISE WHY BRING THEM INTO THE WORLD IF YOU CANNOT. CHILDREN WILL HAVE THEIR INTEREST AND MANY PARENTS ALREADY KNOW THAT.

  • wildcat Apr 30, 2010

    The kid made a mistake and now the media and society is going to crucify him. . .

    EVEN IF HE HURT THE GIRL OR KILLED HER, IT WAS A MISTAKE. DON'T THINK SO. RETHINK!

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