Volunteer firefighter charged with hit and run

WELLSBURG, W.Va. — A volunteer fire fighter in Brooke County is now facing charges of hit and run after an incident on his way to a fire.

Brooke County Sheriff’s Deputies on Friday charged Jayson Merigo, 39, of Beech Bottom with a number of counts including hit and run causing bodily injury.

According to investigators the victim was directing traffic around a farm tractor which caught fire on a rural road in Brooke County back on Sunday night. According to Sheriff Larry Palmer, Merigo was responding in a personal vehicle pulling an empty trailer. It was the trailer which reportedly struck the pedestrian in the road trying to direct traffic.

Investigators say the case hinged around whether immediate aid was rendered. Palmer said immediately after the incident, Marigo kept driving a further distance from the impact, unhooked the trailer, then returned to the scene.

The victim was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital and continues his recovery.

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