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No charges filed in case of child hit by car

No charges filed in case of child hit by car

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008 8:18 pm

By JOHN BRANNON
Messenger Staff Reporter
No charges were filed by authorities after investigating a collision of a teenager and an automobile on the parking lot of Obion County Central High School about 10 p.m. Oct. 3.
The case involves OCCHS sophomore Casey Goff, 16, and an unidentified female driver of a dark-colored SUV. She is said to have been approaching a drop-off point when the incident occurred.
“It was not a hit-and-run,” said OCCHS principal Linda Short.
Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder said the incident was witnessed by a school official — assistant principal Craig Rogers — and two deputy sheriffs — Michael Moore and Angie Taylor.
Rogers’ comments
Rogers said the incident occurred on the school parking lot near the Commons Area after the homecoming game Oct. 3. Homecoming activities had just started. A dance was about to get under way in the commons area.
“Myself and a couple of officers went out there to have some students leave the parking lot,” Rogers said. “They weren’t coming to the dance. There were two or three we were trying to shoo away. They didn’t have any business there. They were trying to get in earlier and we told them, ‘If you don’t have a ticket, you can’t come in. And you can’t buy one. You have to buy them in advance.’
“We were just trying to make them leave the parking lot. One of the kids turned around and ran into the side of a vehicle.”
Did the teen say he was hurt?
“No. He ran away, kind of laughing about it,” Rogers said. “I don’t know if he didn’t realize it at the time. They all thought it was kind of funny.”
Sheriff’s comments
Vastbinder said young Goff and three other boys — not further identified — had been asked to leave the homecoming dance. “They were out on the parking lot, playing tug-of-war with a coat or something in between them,” he said. “At the time of the horseplay, a lady was driving by in her car. The other boy let go of the coat and Goff went sailing backward and struck the back end of the car. Two officers and a teacher saw it. They were fixing to go get onto them for horseplaying.
“At the time, the boy said he was all right, that he was fine. Matter of fact, he even tried to go back into the dance again. He said his foot was a little sore, but there was no evidence his foot was run over by the car. The car was just about stopped when the boy hit it.
“There was very little movement of the car. One investigator said the car was stopped, the other one said it possibly could have still been rolling. It’s possible he (Goff) got his foot hurt by the car, but if he did, there was no intent by the driver. She was doing what she was supposed to do. The kid just went flying and hit the back of the car.
“So basically, it was a case of horseplay on the parking lot.”
Parent’s comments
Ruth Goff, mother of Casey Goff, is a licensed practical nurse of 30 years experience. She said Thursday that her son has returned to school, although on crutches.
She asserts that no school official called her about the incident and that’s what she is most upset about.
“No one called to say, ‘Your son has been hit by a car. Maybe you need to come see about him,’” she said. “He wasn’t hospitalized. They did not make a police report. No one knew who the woman (driver) was or bothered to get her information.
“Another child brought my son home. I looked at his foot. I knew immediately it was broken. So I took him to the (hospital) emergency room. I have pictures (of his foot).”
Sheriff’s rebuttal
Vastbinder said today that a police report was done at the hospital emergency room and by the two deputies who saw the incident at OCCHS.
“There was nothing said about his foot at the school. It was after he got home. Then his parents took him to the ER,” Vastbinder said.
“No tickets were issued. The investigation is closed. There was no criminal act.”
Published in The Messenger 10.10.08

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