Teen charged in Upshur hit and run

BUCKHANNON – A 19-year-old Weston man is in jail after being accused of running over a woman and then fleeing in the Liggett Addition in Buckhannon Sunday.

Ernie Wayne Crawford, 19, was arrested Sunday and charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury and one count of driving without a drivers license, both misdemeanors.

Crawford was arraigned by Magistrate Juanita Adams and is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond, including $50,000 cash and $50,000 surety.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Cpl. J.L. Queen and Cpl. T. Caynor of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department were in the Wabash Avenue area of the Liggett Addition Sunday when a resident ran up and told them someone had been struck by a vehicle just down the street and the vehicle had sped away. After notifying Upshur County 911, the officers traveled to the scene.

“Upon arrival we found a female victim laying in the roadway with various injuries to her body,” police wrote in the complaint. “We notified dispatch to send us an ambulance. The victim had road rash on her legs and waist area, along with cuts to her head. She had what appeared to be tire marks across her legs and midsection.”

The complaint states the alleged victim was screaming for help and she told police Crawford had run her over in a red pick-up truck. Witnesses on the scene told officers they saw a red Chevrolet pick-up with dual wheels and a wooden bed driven by Crawford hit the victim. Officers issued a BOLO (be on the look out) for the truck and it was stopped about a mile away at the Dollar Tree store.

“We (the officers) obtained statements from witnesses at the scene who all stated they saw the victim running along the side of the truck with her arm in the window,” the complaint states. “They stated that she then fell and the truck’s rear dual wheels ran over top of her. They stated that the truck did not even stop and it sped away.”

The alleged victim told officers Crawford was holding her arm and wouldn’t let her go. The complaint states Crawford claimed the victim was attacking him as he pulled away and had hold of him and wouldn’t let go.

“He stated that when she fell away he felt a bump,” the complaint states. “He (Crawford) stated that he asked his passenger (who owned the truck) if he had just ran her over and (the passenger) said, ‘No, just keep driving ’cause I don’t want my truck towed.’ The defendant told the officer that ‘deep inside, I knew I had ran her over.'”

Crawford was transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail for processing. Through a drivers license check through the West Virginia DMV, officers determined he did not have a license to operate a motor vehicle, the complaint states.