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Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter charged with hit-and-run

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 13:50:39-05
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter poses for his official Medal of Honor photo inside the Sheraton hotel, Arlington, Va., June 18, 2014. Cpl. Carpenter will receive the Medal for his actions while serving in Afghanistan.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael C. Guinto/Released)

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter poses for his official Medal of Honor photo inside the Sheraton hotel, Arlington, Va., June 18, 2014. Cpl. Carpenter will receive the Medal for his actions while serving in Afghanistan.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael C. Guinto/Released)

Columbia, S.C. –  Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter was charged Thursday with hit-and-run in connection to an early December incident in Columbia, South Carolina, according to The State newspaper.

Carpenter turned himself in to the Columbia Police Department on Thursday morning. He was charged with hit-and-run, and making an improper left turn. He was later released on bond.

According to the Columbia Police Department, around 8:30 p.m. on December 8th, Carpenter made an improper left turn and hit an 18-year-old pedestrian who was crossing at a crosswalk.

Carpenter pulled over after hitting the pedestrian but did not exit the vehicle to exchange information, or render aid to the pedestrian. After the pedestrian stood up and walked to the side of the road, Carpenter left the scene.

The pedestrian suffered several scrapes and a leg injury but was not transported to the hospital.

Investigators reviewed surveillance tapes and witness statements, according to The State. That’s when they determined that the vehicle belonged to Carpenter.

Carpenter received the Medal of Honor in 2014 for saving a fellow Marine from a grenade blast. He spent 2 ½ years in the hospital as doctors worked to rebuild his body.