Young Boy Is Injured After He Is Hit By A Car

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A young boy is flown to a hospital with serious injuries and two people are in jail after the 12-year old was hit on his motorbike in Martin County.

The 12 year old on the motorbike and the car hit head on, sending the boy crashing into the windshield and then into the street where investigators say the car ran over him.

Deputies say the couple inside the car were drunk and then even tried to fight them at the scene.

The accident happened on Venter's Branch Road in Inez.

The 12 year old was flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

Deputies arrested the married couple, Melodie Moore, and Scotty Griffith, at the scene after they put up a fight and they pepper sprayed Griffith.

Officers say that Moore was driving and the pair claimed it was an accident, but officers say both appeared under the influence.

Deputies say Griffith got mad when they tried to cuff him.

“While at the scene, the deputies were speaking with him and Melodie and were going to arrest him for alcohol intoxication, at that point, he felt, well, resisted arrest, explained to them he wasn't going to jail, and he wasn't going to be arrested,” Deputy Dwayne Crum said.

That's when officers say he ran away, then fought when they caught him, and they peppered sprayed him to arrest him.

Both Griffith and Moore face multiple charges including child endangerment charges because officers say they had two small children in the car.

The name of the 12 year old hit is not being released, but deputies say he was wearing a helmet that could have saved his life.

They say he has other serious injuries, but is expected to survive.


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  • by Martin County Native Location: KY on Jun 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    Can someone please tell me this child's name? We heard it was a 2 year old child and didn't know any difference until I seen it here. Hope he is ok. Thank You !!!
  • by Cat on Jun 11, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    I do hope that the little boy is ok. First if these two were under the influence, they should go to jail. My problem is where was this boy's parents. This is a 12 year old on a motorcyle. Last time I checked one had to have a driver's licence to operate a motorcylce. Also one has to be at least 16 years old to get a driver's license. If the math is correct, this child was 4 years short of having a driver's license. This is why we are losing so many of our young people. Parents who are treating their child as adults. I believe that the parents or whomever was taking care of this boy should bear some responsiblity to this accident. He was on a public road. I hope that this little boy is ok. Why didn't the law enforcement cite the parents?
  • by steph Location: inez,ky on Jun 11, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    Thank God my little cousin is going to be ok! and to the comment below he was not just turned loose, his dad was with him and they had been riding on a old strip mine (were it's ok and safe to ride) and they were going back home which is way less than a mile on the pavement(only a couple of driveways away from there driveway) and its a one lane road with hardly any traffic at all. So he definetly wasn't just turned loose!!! Bubby, just want you to know we love you and are just happy you are going to be ok!!!!!
  • by greg Location: middlesboro on Jun 11, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    Whats a 12 year old doing riding a motorcycle on the road! Arrest the parents also.
  • by lou Location: printer on Jun 11, 2008 at 01:20 AM
    its a shame that adults could be so stupid to have two kids in a car as they was drunk.didnt they care about there kids more than that.and the kid that got hurt he probly was going fast .they should have more laws against kids on those atvs and motorbikes to many kids are getting hurt on those things .they fly on those things if you stupid couple hadnt been drunmk you would of problywouldnt of got in so much troule if you hadnt been drunk. because i know how they are on those bike we have a big problem where i live with youmg kids driving those thimgs .its not right how people just turn there kids a loose to get kll or hurt.

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