Girl Hit by Car While Riding her Bicycle; Father Charged

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A young girl from Putnam County was hit by a car while riding her bike, and her father is being held responsible.

The accident happened Thursday afternoon along Mount Vernon Road in Teays Valley.

The 11-year-old girl's father was charged with child neglect because police say he wasn't watching his daughter.

The Kerwoods say she rides her bike frequently up and down the road and in and out of subdivisions.

A woman driving in a car didn't see her Thursday evening and skidded several feet, dragging the girl and her bike before coming to a stop.

Police say there was heavy traffic on the road where the accident happened.

The Kerwoods say their daughter was scraped up and badly bruised but is recovering. She was taken to CAMC Teays Valley Hospital following the accident.

The driver immediately called 911, but no charges were filed.

Instead, deputies charged the girl's father, Earin Kerwood, with child neglect for not keeping an eye on his daughter. Kerwood told police the girl's grandfather was watching her from the front porch and didn't see the car.

The 11-year-old was not wearing a helmet. West Virginia law requires anyone 15 years old or younger to wear one.

Kerwood was also charged with obstructing an officer and obstructing emergency medical service personnel.

Kerwood's lawyer released this statement:

"The family of Earin Kerwood believes he will be acquitted of the charges against him in due time," Attorney Mike Davenport said. "The charges against Mr Kerwood are strikingly similar to a 2011 case involving Putnam County emergency personnel. In both cases a concerned father, trying to inquire as to the health of his injured daughter, found himself arrested for his efforts. These charges will be vigorously defended in court."

The Kerwoods say cars speed up and down Mount Vernon Road. Friday, they say there's a new speed limit sign posted along the busy road. Police are not saying speed played a factor in this accident.

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