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Driver charged with DUI after striking middle school student on Trafalgar Parkway

By Staff | Aug 25, 2010

A parent was charged with driving under the influence Tuesday after police say he hit a student walking along Trafalgar Parkway and then left the scene.
James Alan Moses, 44, of 229 SE 3rd St. was charged with DUI and hit-and-run involving an injury after he returned to the area to see if he had struck a mailbox, Cape Coral police said Wednesday.
Cape police had responded to a 911 call reporting that a child had been struck by the rear view mirror of a truck while walking from Challenger Middle School at about 4:19 p.m. According to witnesses, Moses was traveling eastbound on Trafalgar Parkway after picking up his child from the school. His truck drifted off the roadway and into the grass, and his passenger side mirror hit the head of an 11-year-old boy.
Moses left the scene and dropped his child at his residence, officials said. He then decided to come back to the scene to see if his truck had hit a mailbox. Cape Police Cpl. Andy Satterlee located Moses when he returned and with the assistance of Cpl. Patrick O’Grady, they determined that Moses was driving under the influence.
The 11-year-old was taken to Cape Coral Hospital and treated for a lump on his head. Moses was arrested and transported to Lee County Jail.
Cape Coral Police have stepped up their presence around school areas during the first week of classes. This added presence contributed to Cape Police finding and arresting the suspect in this hit-and-run accident within a short period of time, officials said.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department