Medal of Honor recipient released on bond after appearing in court on hit-and-run charge

Police in South Carolina say a Medal of Honor recipient faces a hit-and-run charge.

In a news release, Columbia police said 26-year-old Kyle Carpenter appeared in court Thursday with an attorney on misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and making an improper left turn. Police spokesman Capt. George Drafts said he didn't have the attorney's name. Carpenter didn't respond to an email and a text seeking comment.

The news release says Carpenter was released on bond.

Police say a pedestrian who was struck Dec. 8 was treated at the scene for scrapes and leg injury.

Carpenter received the Medal of Honor in June 2014 for his actions as a Marine in Afghanistan in 2010. He's a native of Mississippi. The State newspaper reports he is a University of South Carolina student.