WAUSAU (WAOW) - The 16-year-old driver accused of running into two children heading home from school last fall told investigators that he fled the scene because he was "extremely scared," according to court records.
The teen was charged last week with misdemeanor hit and run. The maximum punishment for the charge is six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
The teen is to make his initial appearance in Marathon County Circuit Court on Friday.
According to the complaint, the children were hit at the intersection of Robin Lane and Hummingbird Road in Rib Mountain as the teen made a left hand turn as a crossing guard escorted children across the crosswalk.
A witness told police the driver attempted to beat the children across the intersection, the complaint said.
The driver told police that about halfway through the turn, he heard a "bump" on the front of the car, became scared, drove home, parked the car in the garage and shut the door, the complaint said.
One of the children was taken to the hospital and was treated and released, court records said. The other was treated at the scene.
At this time, Newsline 9 has decided not to name the teen.