Medal of Honor recipient charged in misdemeanor hit-and-run

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Police in South Carolina say a Medal of Honor recipient faces a hit-and-run charge.

In a news release, Columbia police said 26-year-old Kyle Carpenter appeared in court Thursday with an attorney on misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and making an improper left turn. Police spokesman Capt. George Drafts said he didn’t have the attorney’s name. Carpenter didn’t respond to an email and a text seeking comment.

The news release says Carpenter was released on bond.

Police say a pedestrian who was struck Dec. 8 was treated at the scene for scrapes and leg injury.

The attorney for Kyle Carpenter says that Carpenter thought the pedestrian was uninjured.

In a statement emailed Thursday, attorney Butch Bowers says Carpenter based that on the pedestrian’s reaction and ability to walk across the street, apparently without difficulty. He says Carpenter is cooperating fully with police and taking responsibility for the accident.

Carpenter received the Medal of Honor in June 2014 for his actions as a Marine in Afghanistan in 2010. He’s a native of Mississippi. The State newspaper reports he is a University of South Carolina student.