Harrisonburg police charge man with felony hit and run that injured Jared Antle

Staff Writer

A Harrisonburg man was charged and arrested Tuesday, two months after police say he hit and critically injured a Williamsburg teenager.

Mashkhal Khalid Ibrahim, 26, turned himself into the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Jail on Tuesday, according to a Harrisonburg Police Department news release.

Harrisonburg police allege Ibrahim hit recent Lafayette High School graduate Jared Antle with a 2003 black Honda Pilot SUV in the 400 block of West Market Street in Harrisonburg at 11:57 p.m. Aug. 27 before driving off, according to the release and The Virginia Gazette archives. Antle is a sophomore at James Madison University.

The Harrisonburg Rescue Squad took Antle to Sentara RMH hospital in Harrisonburg before he was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville with serious injuries, according to Gazette archives.

Antle, 19, suffered numerous injuries including a traumatic brain injury that required two pieces of his skull to be removed to allow for swelling, according to Gazette archives and the family’s online journal.

Antle graduated from Lafayette High School in 2017, according to Williamsburg-James City County School Division records.

After about a month at the University of Virginia Medical Center and multiple surgeries, both Antle and his family left that hospital for the “Place of Miracles” Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Antle has worked on rehabilitation, but there’s been no indication from the family about that his cognitive functions or ability to speak have recovered, according to the online journal entries.

While he’s getting physically stronger, his mother still asks for people to pray for her son and her family.

Since Antle was injured, dozens of people from across the world have taken photographs of themselves holding signs with a hashtag “#StayStrongJared.”

How to help

To donate money toward Antle’s recovery, visit gofundme.com/support-jared.

Read the Antle family’s online journal entries at: caringbridge.org/visit/jaredantle/journal

Upcoming event to support Jared Antle

As college students from Greater Williamsburg return to town on the night before Thanksgiving, friends of the Antle family plan to hold a rally off Scotland Street in Williamsburg.

From 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 percent of all sales at the College Delly, Paul’s Deli and the Green Leafe Cafe will go directly toward Jared Antle’s GoFundMe efforts, with a group photo at 9 p.m. off Scotland Street, according to event organizer Carter Sonders.

More than 100 people already have said they’ll be there. Whether you register at facebook.com/events/195648904680696 or just show up, you’ll have the opportunity to show your support for the Antle family, Sonders said.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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