Medal of Honor recipient charged in misdemeanor hit-and-run

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Medal of Honor Recipient Charged in Hit-and-Run Accident

A Medal of Honor recipient who lost an eye while taking a grenade blast to save a fellow Marine now faces a hit-and-run charge in South Carolina, police say.

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Retired Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 26, turned himself in and appeared in court Thursday with an attorney on misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and making an improper left turn, police said in a news release. Police spokesman Capt. George Drafts said he didn't have the attorney's name. Carpenter didn't respond to an email and a text seeking comment.

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Medal of Honor recipient charged in misdemeanor hit-and-run
President Barack Obama awards retired Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, Thursday, June 19, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with retired Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter after awarding him the Medal of Honor, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Retired Marine Cpl. William 'Kyle' Carpenter receives the Medal of Honor from U.S. President Barack Obama during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House on June 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. Carpenter received the medal for taking the blast from a grenade to protect fellow Marines and sustained major wounds. Carpenter is the eighth living recipient chosen for the high honor. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to retired Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to US Marine Cpl William 'Kyle' Carpenter during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, June 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to retired Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk with retired Marine Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, before the president presented him the Medal of Honor, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carpenter took a blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds including the loss of his right eye. He is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
This photo taken May 13, 2014 shows Medically retired Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter speaking to media at the Pentagon. On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Carpenter the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
This photo taken May 13, 2014 shows medically retired Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter indicates his arm as he talks about his many injuries with media at the Pentagon. The White House announced Monday that Carpenter, 24, will receive the medal of honor on June 19. He is the 15th recipient of the medal for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the eighth still alive. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
This photo taken May 13, 2014 shows medically retired Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter lifting his shirt to show a tattoo on his side as he speaks with media at the Pentagon. The tattoo reads "Blessed be the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. The White House announced Monday that Carpenter, 24, will receive the medal of honor on June 19. He is the 15th recipient of the medal for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the eighth still alive. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
This photo taken May 13, 2014 shows Medically retired Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter speaking to media at the Pentagon. On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Carpenter the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Carpenter was released on bond, the release said.

Police say a pedestrian who was struck shortly after 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 was treated at the scene for scrapes and leg injury. The pedestrian, Michael Haddad, declined to be taken to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Surveillance tapes showed that a pedestrian was struck in a crosswalk as he walked to the fitness center at the University of South Carolina, police said. After the pedestrian was struck, the driver pulled over and turned on his hazard lights, but didn't leave his vehicle to exchange information or offer help, police said.

The driver left the scene after the pedestrian stood up and walked to the side of the road. The pedestrian then went inside the fitness center and police were called.

Both Carpenter and Haddad have cooperated and there's no evidence that either was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, police said.

Carpenter, a Mississippi native, received the Medal of Honor in June 2014 for his actions as a Marine in Afghanistan in 2010, when he lost an eye. He required almost 40 surgeries and multiple skin grafts, leaving him with a prosthetic eye and a new jaw and teeth, President Barack Obama said at the Medal of Honor ceremony.

He had placed himself between a grenade and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, who received a head injury from shrapnel. Carpenter was severely wounded from head to toe, sustaining a depressed skull and a collapsed right lung, among a long list of other injuries.

He was evacuated and required brain surgery to remove shrapnel. His heart flat-lined three times during treatment, Obama said, and doctors managed to revive him each time.

He was a patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, until his retirement for medical reasons in July 2013. The State newspaper reports he's now a USC student.

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