Case Dismissed in Hit-and-Run Crash Involving Motorcyclist

By: Jeremy Edwards, Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE 7/15/11 @ 8:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case against a woman who is accused of crashing into a motorcycle rider and leaving him in the street has been thrown out.

Amanda Pritt was arrested last May after police say she crashed into James Dixon in Charleston.

Dixon's life was saved by a witness and a man who wrapped his leg in a tourniquet until help arrived. Dixon had to have his right leg amputated just below the knee.

On Friday, the judge in the case dismissed the charges because there had not been a hearing in the last year.

Prosecutors say the law isn't being applied correctly in this case, and they plan to appeal the judge's decision.

Police say Pritt admitted to hitting Dixon with her van.



UPDATE 5/27/10 @ 7:00 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Life has been turned upside down for a man hit while riding his motorcycle in Charleston.

James Dixon is still recovering in the hospital he was hit while riding his motorcycle and the other driver took off, leaving him bleeding in the street.

"I went skidding down the pavement with road rash," crash victim James Dixon said. "Just to look down and see my foot, it looked like bacon, chewed up bacon."

Police say Amanda Pritt admitted she hit Dixon with her van and then drove away.

An anonymous tip lead police to Pritt and her passenger, Daniel Pauley.

They were both arrested and charged with failing to report an accident.

Pritt was also charged with making an illegal turn and driving on a suspended license without insurance.

"You know, I've seen people stop for dogs and squirrels and stuff and move them off the side of the road but she didn't even have the guts to stop and check on me," Dixon said. "The way I look at it, she left me for dead."

Dixon's life was possibly saved by a witness and a man who wrapped Dixon's leg in a tourniquet until EMS arrived.

Dixon had to have his right leg amputated just below the knee.

"I'm just looking forward, I can't look back now because it's done," Dixon said. "Never, never just run off...that just shows you have no soul whatsoever."

Dixon says he's thankful for the outpouring of support and looks forward to the day when he can ride again.

"Oh yeah, as soon as I get my leg on and get used to it I'll get back on there," Dixon said.

Amanda Pritt refused to talk with us about what happened.

Dixon says Amanda Pritt's mother payed him a special visit in the hospital Wednesday, apologizing for her daughter's actions.



UPDATE 5/26/10 @ 9:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We now know the names of two people who have been arrested in connection with a hit and run accident that left a motorcycle rider seriously hurt.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com that they arrested Amanda Pritt, who is from Sissonville and Daniel Pauley Wednesday evening.

Police say Pritt was diving a white van Tuesday afternoon when she hit James Dixon who was riding his motorcycle at the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Kanawha Boulevard.

Dixon was taken to the hospital where he had to have a leg and a foot amputated.

Pritt has been charged with failure to report an accident, making an illegal turn, driving on a suspended license and not having insurance.

Pauley who was the passenger in the van has also been charged with failure to report an accident.



UPDATE 5/26/10 @ 8:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com they have arrested two people in connection with a hit and run accident that left a motorcycle rider seriously injured.

Sergeant Shawn Williams tells WSAZ.com they arrested the driver and the passenger of the van that hit James Dixon at the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Kanawha Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon.

Dixon was taken to the hospital where he had to have a leg and a foot amputated.

The names of those arrested have not been released just yet. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for more updates.



UPDATE 5/25/10 @ 8:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The motorcyclist who was injured Tuesday afternoon in a hit-and-run accident has been identified by police as James Dixon, 45, of St. Albans, W.Va.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Kanawha Boulevard. Dixon was hit by a woman driving a white Pontiac van.

The woman took off along Kanawha Boulevard, heading toward downtown Charleston.

Dixon was taken to CAMC General with serious injuries to his lower body. He was listed in critical condition. Police say they are looking at everything so they can make a quick arrest.

If you have any information about the driver of the van, you're asked to call Charleston Police.



UPDATE 5/25/10 @ 5:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are still on the scene of a hit and run accident that has left a motorcycle rider seriously injured.

Dispatchers say a white vehicle hit the motorcycle and then drove off. It was last seen heading down Kanawha Boulevard toward downtown Charleston. There is some serious damage to the front of that van and the bumper was left behind at the scene of the accident.

The accident happened around 4:30p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue.

Officers tell us they are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses to see what they can find from the footage.

The motorcycle rider has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Kanawha Boulevard is still closed in the area as crews work to clean up the mess.

We have a crew on the scene, keep clicking WSAZ.com for more updates.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/25/10
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A motorcycle rider has been seriously hurt in a hit and run accident in Charleston.

The accident happened around 4:30p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue.

Dispatchers say a white vehicle hit the motorcycle and then drove off.

The motorcycle rider has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Kanawha Boulevard is closed in the area as crews work to clean up the mess.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for more updates.


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