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Boy, 11, ticketed after being hit by SUV

Dec. 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

TEXAS CITY, Texas, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- An 11-year-old Texas boy who was ticketed for walking on the wrong side of the street after he was hit by a vehicle has asked for a jury trial.

Noah Popovich, 11, of Texas City, asked a municipal judge Tuesday for a jury trial to fight the citation he received Sept. 27 after he was struck by an 18-year-old driver in a sport-utility vehicle while he was walking to Levi Fry Intermediate School, The Galveston County Daily News reported Thursday.

Popovich initially continued on to school, but was later sent home due to the pain from his injuries, which were not specified.

Police questioned the driver and Popovich and issued the boy a ticket for walking on the wrong side of the street. The driver was not ticketed.

"First and foremost, I don't want that petty crap on his record," said Ashley Falks, the boy's mother, of the decision to seek a jury trial. "Secondly, I have $10,000 in medical bills that can be denied by the insurance company if the case isn't dismissed or if he isn't found not guilty."

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