Cops Arrest Medal Of Honor Recipient On Hit And Run Charges

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Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Medal of Honor recipient, was just charged by the Columbia Police Department in South Carolina in connection with a hit and run incident.

Carpenter allegedly hit a pedestrian Oct. 8 at 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Assembly and Blossom Streets, WLTX 19 reports. Afterward, Carpenter moved his vehicle to the side of the road, where he sat in his car with the hazards on.

The pedestrian picked himself up off the road and got out of the way of traffic, at which point Carpenter allegedly left the scene, having neither exited his vehicle, nor provided any assistance to the man.

According to police, the pedestrian, who refused to go to the hospital, will fully recover from the hit and run.

The reason for the lag from the time of the incident to the announcement of charges was because police had to investigate surveillance tapes to determine the owner of the car. Evidence revealed that the car was Carpenter’s. When contacted, Carpenter confessed and cooperated with the police.

The investigation continues.

President Barack Obama awarded Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter the Medal of Honor in 2014 for throwing himself near the grenade to prevent it from exploding and hitting his fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. The incident took place in November 2010. The two were guarding a rooftop in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Eufrazio sustained cataclysmic skull and brain injuries from a piece of shrapnel, but survived. Carpenter also sustained massive damage from the shock of the explosion. He suffered from a skull fracture, a punctured lung, shrapnel in both legs, 30 fractures in his right arm and received nearly 40 surgeries.

“I’m very pleased with how far I’ve come, and I see my injuries and my scars and all my buddies and everybody that was at Walter Reid with me, you know I see it almost as a form of character,” Carpenter said last year, according to CBS News. “I’m totally fine knowing that I gave part of myself to a bigger purpose and a bigger cause, to not only serve my country but try to make a better way of life for other people and much less fortunate people.”

Carpenter is the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor.

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