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Hit-and-run suspect claims epilepsy

An 11-year-old boy was driving his go-kart on the sidewalk near his home when he was struck and dragged by a woman in an SUV, who then drove off. She has since been charged for leaving the scene of an accident. Her attorney claims that she does not remember hitting the boy, who doctors put in a medically-induced coma, as Frank Heinz reports for NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

Says the woman's attorney, "Up to this point, she didn't have any doctor telling her she was an epileptic, so the proof is in the actual facts of the case, and it screams that there's something wrong with this woman that would explain why she did this." In other words, her attorney claims that she is not a negligent driver.

As Heinz reports, a driver in Texas must stop showing signs of epilepsy (such as seizures and blacking out) for six months before getting back behind the wheel.

Source: NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, "Arrest Made in Richardson Boy's Hit-and-Run," by Frank Heinz, 07/21/11

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