A 33-year-old Jefferson woman has been accused of leaving an accident scene Wednesday night after the car she was driving hit and seriously injured 7-year-old Cooper Vroman of Jefferson.

Wendy L. Champion was charged early Friday morning with leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, a felony, Schoharie County Sheriff John S. Bates Jr. said Friday.

She was arraigned before Jefferson Town Justice Lynn Hait and released on her own recognizance to appear in Jefferson Town Court at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

Bates said that as of Friday, he hadn't heard whether Champion had retained a lawyer.

Champion did not return a telephone call from The Daily Star on Friday afternoon.

Bates said Champion was driving a rented silver-gray 1995 Chevrolet Malibu. The car sustained damage to the passenger door and was found at Scavo's Body Shop on West Broadway Street, Oneonta.

The car has been impounded.

``It fits the description'' of the car that witnesses saw strike Cooper at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Bates said.

The boy, a second-grade student at Jefferson Central School, remained in critical condition Friday at Albany Medical Center.

Bates has said Cooper was riding his bicycle along Main Street near the green in Jefferson at the time he was hit.

``Apparently, he was not wearing a helmet,'' the sheriff said.

Cooper, who sustained skull fractures, contusions and abrasions, according to the sheriff, was driven to Albany Medical Center by Jefferson emergency responders.

Bates said the accident has affected many people in town.

``Any time a child is hurt like that, you can't help but feel terrible about it,'' he said.

On Thursday, Jefferson Superintendent Carl Mummenthey said those in the school district are ``very, very hopeful for the student's full recovery.''

The school had two faculty meetings Thursday to discuss the accident, and counselors were available to talk to staff and students, who have been coping, he said.

The Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad has established an account for Cooper and his family, Bates said.

Donations may be made to the National Bank of Stamford, in care of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department. The bank's address is 1 Churchill Ave., Stamford, NY 12167.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked call the sheriff's office at (518) 295-8114.

Trending Video

Recommended for you