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Child struck by car while trying to get on bus; suspect in hit-and-run found outside Bluff City

TimesNews.net Staff Report • Apr 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Police look over the car believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run, hospitalizing a 12-year-old boy. Photo courtesy of Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.


A 12-year-old boy was struck by a car while trying to get on his school bus Thursday morning, with the driver fleeing the scene. A suspect was apprehended later in the day and charged with a multitude of offenses, including a fourth DUI.

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, at 7:54 a.m. a bus was stopped in the westbound lane of Silver Grove Road, near Bluff City. Its flashing lights and stop sign were activated as the boy crossed the road, but an older model, maroon Toyota travelling eastbound did not stop, striking the boy.

The vehicle hit the child with the driver's-side bumper, throwing him in to the driver's-side windshield and over the top of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then left at a high rate of speed.

EMS and WINGS responded to the scene and the child was transported to Johnson City Medical Center. His condition is not known at this time.

The driver of the school bus, Gail Pridemore, was able to provide investigating officers with a description of the car and driver. A short time later officers located an abandoned maroon Toyota about three miles away from the scene, with the tag removed.

Police said the driver was also located and identified as James Gregory Powers, 33, 109 Meadow Lark Lane, Bluff City.

Powers was charged with reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, DUI fourth offense, failure to stop for a school bus, leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, tampering with evidence, and driving uninsured.

Powers was lodged at the Sullivan County Jail Thursday. No bond had been set pending arraignment.

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