Couple Charged In Accident That Injured Boy

A young boy was flown to a hospital Tuesday night 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.


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  • by Wesley Location: Pike Co. KY. on Jun 13, 2008 at 12:17 AM
    steph some ppl need to get out of their big cities like lexington and places and come aroun pike n martin counties.. we have hollows now traffic jamed streets..
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jun 12, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    Evidently there was traffic.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2008 at 03:16 PM
    Lets face it we all know the couple that hit the child are always in trouble with the law. What is it going to take before they keep these people locked up? Dont blame the child blame the repeat offenders!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    How dare you all blame the 12-year old's parents! What about the "parents" that were under the influence and driving the car with two kids riding in the back? It seems to me in this hick country drinking too much is okay but just running around being a kid isn't? If driving a motorcycle isn't legal, why should four-wheelers be any different? It seems to me that the 12- year old's parents ARE good ones because they at least taught him to wear a helmet which saved his life.
  • by steph Location: inez,ky on Jun 12, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    I just want everyone to know that this was a one lane road, in the head of a hollow, that went to no houses, only a graveyard which is our family's (and they had already passed it up) and a old abandoned strip mine where everyone goes to ride there motorcycles and fourwheelers because it is a safe place to ride. I want to know why a couple under the influence was taking 2 small children up on a abandoned strip mine anyway! My uncle, the 12 year olds dad, was with him as he always is and he always makes him wear the correct gear which he had on, and the motorcycle the 12 year old was on was age appropriate and you don't have to have a license (for a dirt bike). The dad is a registered nurse in ICU and he knows a little about injuries that he would never try to do something to injure his children. He is a wonderful dad that trys to be a good parent and be involved in his childrens lives. This happened only a couple of driveways away from theres, on a 1 lane road, which has no traffic!
  • by Anonymous Location: Martin county on Jun 12, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    I myself have children and it is hard to know everything they are doing at all times the 12 year old boy could of told his parents he was going to ride in the yard and caught his parents not paying attention and took down the road thinking he would not get caught. They have charged the right people because this couple should not have been on the road no matter what the reason is.
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 12, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    If you allow and encourage your child to break the law, which driving under 16 IS NOT the law, then you are solely responsible for that child's consequences. They are too young to be held accountable for what they do. That's why parents are supposed to ensure their safety.
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jun 12, 2008 at 03:51 AM
    If the kid was on the road, the parents should be charged too. Everywhere you go you see these kids running up and down the road on four wheelers.Sometimes they are going 55 or 60 mph. Where are their parents? Where is the law? If caught on the road under age, whatever they are riding should be confiscated and sold at auction. Maybe the money they make could be spent on teaching these stupid parents how to raise a child!!
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Jun 11, 2008 at 09:49 PM
    A friend of mines kid ran into a truck on a county road years back. He was about 11 or 12. It broke his leg and he had to have surgery but no one was charged. As the driver was merely pulling out of their driveway and didnt see him flying their way. Supposedly because it was a county road it wasnt illegal for him to be riding a dirt bike on it. But personally seein all the kids these days riding dirt biks and atvs at an age I coulnt even ride a bike on a road becaue of cars makes me think of what great NON parents are around these days.
  • by mom on Jun 11, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    What kind of life did most of you have as a child????? I remember riding my motorcycle at the age of 12 all over the place. Just because you must not have did this as a child, don't point fingers at the parents who did. They are not to blame for what happened.I had great parents and a great childhood. The couple who was drunk are the only ones to blame. Just because you let your child do things does not mean you are a bad parent. Please place the blame where it belongs.
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