CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A volunteer fireman was struck by a vehicle during a water distribution about 11 a.m. Monday at the West Side Volunteer Fire Department on West Main Street near St. Albans.
A vehicle driven by Charles Pauley, 67, of St. Albans, was passing the fire department when firefighter Jonathan Boggs, 31, of St. Albans, was directing traffic, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
As Boggs directed Pauley to stop his vehicle, a tractor-trailer was delivering water and traffic was stopped temporarily in both directions.
Boggs told authorities that he stepped in front of Pauley's vehicle and directed him to stop. They argued briefly and Pauley swerved to drive around the firefighter but struck Boggs' knee with the bumper of his vehicle, Humphreys said. The incident was witnessed by another firefighter.
Deputy J.A. Ferrell was at the scene repositioning his cruiser to shut down the road for the delivery truck. Pauley told him his vehicle was overheating and leaking fluid and he was hurrying before it became disabled.
Ferrell issued a citation to Pauley, citing him for leaving the scene of a crash, causing injury and reckless driving.