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Man Arrested On Assault Charges After Striking Father With Vehicle

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A middle-school athletic director was in the hospital Tuesday night after being struck by a vehicle driven by his own son.

Investigators said Matthew James Gross ran over his father on purpose, following an early-morning argument at their residence about cigarettes.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office arrested the 33-year-old Gross at the home on Greenville Loop Road, near Wake Forest, Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with felony assault after he drove into his father, Larry, with his sister's SUV.

Larry Gross, 56, was in critical but stable condition at WakeMed Tuesday night.

According to investigators, Matthew Gross -- who lives with his parents -- argued with his father about whether he could go get cigarettes around 3 a.m. Tuesday. He jumped into his sister's 1995 Land Rover and took off, striking his father, reportedly in the driveway of the home.

Matthew Gross left the scene and did not return home until late Tuesday afternoon, when deputies arrested him.

Larry Gross is the athletics director at Durant Road Middle School, where he has worked since it opened 10 years ago. He is expected to recover.

The school's principal said Larry Gross told him he planned to be back at work next Monday.