The commander of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lt. Karla Taulbee, said, around 10:19 p.m., on Shela Boulevard near Preston Road, 14-year-old Charlie Howell, of High Street, Portsmouth, entered the road to retrieve a dog that had been struck by a vehicle, when he was struck by a black SUV that was traveling northwest on Shela Boulevard. Taulbee said the SUV fled the scene.
Howell suffered multiple injuries and was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. A family spokeswoman told the Times that Howell suffered a broken back in two places, a broken leg and a head trauma in addition to other injuries.
Taulbee said anyone with information about the incident should contact the Portsmouth Post of the OSHP at 740-354-2888.
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