A medically retired Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan five years ago is now facing two misdemeanor charges following a hit-and-run earlier this month.
Columbia Police announced the charges in a statement Thursday. 26-year-old retired Cpl. Kyle Carpenter is accused of making an improper left turn and injuring a pedestrian near the University of South Carolina campus on Dec. 8. Police said Carpenter initially stopped after the collision, but left the scene after the pedestrian got up and walked to the curb.
A police report said Carpenter left the scene without providing his contact information or providing aid to the victim as the law requires. The victim had a leg injury and scrapes and was treated by EMS at the scene, but did not go to the hospital.
Carpenter’s attorney Butch Bowers sent an email to news outlets after the arrest. Bowers said his client had assumed the pedestrian was okay after seeing him walk away. Bowers said Carpenter has taken responsibility for what happened.
“Kyle looks forward to continuing his education at USC and working with young people to make sure they stand up for what is right and take responsibility for their actions, just as he has done in this instance,” Bowers said.
Police investigators reviewed surveillance tapes and witness statements to determine the car belonged to Carpenter. They said the retired Marine has cooperated with their investigation and turned himself in Thursday. He was released on bond.
Carpenter survived life-threatening injuries after he threw his body in front of a grenade to save a fellow Marine in November 2010. He lost his right eye in the explosion and suffered severe injuries to his face and right arm.
President Obama awarded Carpenter the Medal of Honor last year in recognition of his actions.