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Protestors Present at Motorcycle Accident Trial

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West Virginia - In the state of West Virginia when you leave the scene of an accident after you badly injure someone, it's only a misdemeanor crime. Tuesday, some people working to change that.

Members of ABATE staged a peaceful protest outside of the Hancock County Courthouse.

They're upset James Edwards of Kentucky allegedly struck 56-year-old Kenneth McCall back on March 23 as he was parking his motorcycle along Route 2 in Newell. That's when Edwards allegedly struck him from behind.

Apparently, this whole thing was caught on video tape and the tape clearly shows Edwards striking him and then leaving.

As for the victim, he was injured so severely that he had to be taken to a Pittsburgh Hospital.

Tuesday in court, Edwards had his case continued and he remains free on bond. He had little say as we tried to talk to him as he left the courtroom.

The group of motorcycle riders say they want to see changes in West Virginia law.

"Only West Virginia has their hands tied because hitting someone is only a misdemeanor," said Mike Cunningham of ABATE. "It's not a felony; the maximum by law is six months in jail."

This group isn't alone. Deputies say changes need to be made.

"Yes I'm going to contact some of representatives to see if we can't get this law changed," said Todd Murray.

In court, Edwards said he moved here from Kentucky. He is working in the oil and gas industry. When deputies arrested him...he was staying at the Holiday Inn Express along Route 2 .


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Posted on 5/15/2012 2:04 PM | General News

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Distracted cager
Posted by HOGtailer on 5/15/2012 8:15 PM

I worry about this often when riding, especially when I see a young bitch behind me on her cell phone. I can't believe that guy isn't being charge with a more serious attempted murder.

another distracted cager
Posted by vbritt on 5/15/2012 3:31 PM

according to the article the guy is guilty as hell. hard to deny a movie... think the driver was not paying any attention? or would you call it atempted murder or manslaughter then leaving the scene. this year is bad for drivers with head up ass syndrome.

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